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Te Araroa -

New Zealand's Trail

Te Araroa is New Zealand's trail - taking in spectacular New Zealand landscapes from beaches to volcanoes to forests to cities.

The 3000km route stretching from Cape Reinga in the North of New Zealand to Bluff in the South was officially opened December 3rd, 2011 by the Governor-General of New Zealand, Sir Jerry Mateparae.

Te Araroa is the greatest New Zealand adventure there is - and should be on every Kiwi's bucket list.

Walk it all, walk it in your lifetime, walk New Zealand - walk Te Araroa!

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  • CNN Feature - 10 of the world's amazing long distance trails - 12 January 2015

    Even Hollywood is getting on the 'long distance trail' band wagon. Te Araroa an epic hike ripe for big screen treatment.   
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  • Damien's mammoth walk for RDA - 06 January 2015

    Having already cycled the country on his custom made pushbike, he decided to walk the Te Araroa track, to raise funds for Waikato Riding for the Disabled (RDA). 
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  • Te Araroa – New Zealand’s Trail selected as one of the world’s best - 19 December 2014

    New Zealand has one of the world's best hikes, according to National Geographic. Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key was quick to recognise what this meant for New Zealand. 0 0 1 26 150 Vodafone Hutchison Australia 1 1 175 14.0 96 800x600 Normal 0 false false false EN-AU JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} “I am delighted Te Araroa has been named one of the world’s best trails.
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  • New migrant runs from Cape Reinga to Bluff - in sandals - 09 December 2014

    Naresh Kumar who hails from the slums of Chennai has finished a 3000km run in sandals from the top to the bottom of New Zealand.  
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  • Tolkein saga inspires 3000km odyssey - 09 December 2014

      Naresh Kumar, formerly of India, falls to his knees in relief at Stirling Point, Bluff, after walking the length of New Zealand on the Te Araroa track in his Bedrock Sandals.
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  • Hobbit fans completes own Middle-earth journey - 08 December 2014

     As the final instalment of The Hobbit hits cinemas, one Indian man Naresh Kumar is celebrating the end of his own extraordinary journey.    
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  • Use of NZ trail growing rapidly - 08 December 2014

    The opening of the Mt Tamahunga (Te Hikoi o Te Kiri) Track is celebrated by the Te Araroa Trust in helping complete the 3000km Te Araroa trail running through New Zealand.
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  • Indian adventurer finds his own slice of Middle-earth - 08 December 2014

    The story behind Naresh Kumar’s decision to walk Te Araroa is just as inspirational as the scenery and landscapes he’s experienced in New Zealand.
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