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Celebrating the 80th Birthday of Te Araroa Founder Geoff Chapple

  • 21 Mar 2024
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Te Araroa would not exist if it wasn’t for the vision, passion, and effort of founder Geoff Chapple who, worked (and walked!) tirelessly to map out the route, negotiate access and mobilise hundreds of volunteers.

Geoff revitalised the idea of a continuous trail spanning the length of the country in the early 1990s and founded Te Araroa Trust in 1994 to raise funds and oversee the trail's development. What followed was a 17 year labour of love to turn Te Araroa into reality, with the trail officially opening in 2011.

As CEO of the Trust throughout that time, Geoff was assisted greatly by his wife, Miriam Beatson, who efficiently managed the Trust’s secretarial and administrative tasks and communication with walkers.

Geoff’s leadership, passion and commitment has left a lasting legacy, providing locals and visitors with an iconic journey through the diverse landscapes and communities of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Join us in thanking Geoff for his remarkable contributions to Te Araroa. Happy 80th Birthday, Geoff!

You can read more about Geoff’s incredible story in his books:


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