After hiking the PCT southbound, I flew straight to New Zealand and after a weeks turnaround I began to hike the length of New Zealand. The Te Araroa is like the love child of the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail. It was one of the best and worst times of my life; everything about New Zealand is amazing and I loved it all, but I also lost a friend and it cut deep. 

  • Location: New Zealand
  • Southern Terminus: Bluff, South Island
  • Northern Terminus: Cape Reinga, North Island
  • Distance: 1,864 miles
  • Highest Point: Stag Saddle 1,925m / 6,315ft
  • Lowest point: You spend a few times walking in the sea so the low point is probably below sea level!
  • Elevation: +270,256ft / -271,925ft 
  • Duration: It took me 130 days (~4.5 months)