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American Backpacking Ambassadors Launch US Speaking Tour About Te Araroa - 14 March 2017

Two American backpacking ambassadors, Patrice and Justin La Vigne, have launched a U.S.-based speaking tour, “Exploring New Zealand: Thru Hiking Te Araroa and Beyond.”

Starting Monday, May 1 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the free speaking events will stop at 29 retail stores, 1 brewery and 1 town library across 17 states. The tour will wrap up in Denver, Colorado, on Monday, July 24.

Patrice and Justin will share photos, Te Araroa route information, New Zealand side trips, Leave No Trace advice and gear recommendations in their 75-minute presentations. This is the second nationwide speaking tour about Te Araroa initiated by the couple.

The husband-wife duo have collectively hiked 12,000 miles worldwide and walked Te Araroa during the 2014-15 season. Patrice has written a travel memoir about their hike and is currently securing a publisher.

To see the speaking tour’s schedule, visit the La Vigne’s website here: www.wanderinglavignes.com.

Since 2011, Patrice and Justin La Vigne opted to live a “life less ordinary.” The self-proclaimed modern-day nomads spend more time outside than inside with their main passion being backpacking and 12,000 trail miles between them. The husband-wife dynamic duo works here, there and everywhere across the United States, teaching environmental education and serving in the hospitality industry. They wear many hats, in particular as Leave No Trace Master Educators, motivational speakers, outdoor gear testers, writers and brand ambassadors for many gear companies. For more information, visit www.wanderinglavignes.com.