Te Araroa in Southland has the smell of the finish line in the air.
The spectacular Mavora lakes, the eerie Takitimu Forest and the windswept coast - Te Araroa ends with the same diversity and beauty it has had along the entire route.
From the open tops high above the Telford Burn Te Araroa through-trampers get their first glimpse towards the south coast, still some 60 odd km distant as the crow flies, and there is further ground to walk once they finally meet the ocean at Colac Bay.
Te Araroa continues along the coast to Riverton, then to Invercargill, and finally to its southern terminus at Sterling Point, Bluff –over 3000km from where it starts at Cape Reinga in the north.
Note: Map is indicative only