About the Te Araroa Thru Hike
The Te Araroa trail (other called The Long Pathway) is a thru-hike that crosses New Zealand from North to South. It starts at Cape Reinga, the northern tip of the North Island then goes 3000 km across the whole of New Zealand, and finally finishes at Bluff, at the bottom of the South Island. This trail is often called one of the most beautiful long-distance hikes in the world, because it lets you experience the whole of New Zealand’s diversity, including countless lakes and rivers, plenty of beaches with swimming opportunities, pasture lands and alpine meadows, thick pine tree forests, and walk through the Southern Alps. Some other trails that we’ve made posters for in New Zealand include the Kepler Track, Routeburn Track, Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and Milford Track.
Statistics About Te Araroa
- Start point: Cape Reinga, New Zealand
- End point: Bluff, New Zealand
- Total distance: 3000 km / 1894 miles
- Total altitude gain/loss: 77 243 m / 253 421 ft
- Highest point: 1925 m / 6315 ft (Stag Saddle)
- Countries crossed: New Zealand
- Time to finish: Usually 4-6 months
- Best time to hike: October – March
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