Life after Te Araroa

I can’t believe it has been almost two months since we wrote our final post on completing our Te Araroa journey (17. Queenstown to Milford Sound). How our lives have changed! Swapping 8 hours of walking each day for 8 hours in an office has been a really hard adjustment and I’ve ended up pushing Te Araroa memories to a sacred place at the back of my mind. I’ll never forget what an adventure we had and how immensely proud I am of us both.

In total we tracked 1,938.3km (1,205miles) of walking on our Delorme. Over a total of 78 days (not including rest days). So whilst we by no means walked every step of the suggested trail, it was a bloody marvellous effort! We often found ourselves discussing the things we wish we’d known beforehand. And although I actually don’t think it’s possible to prepare people for what New Zealand “tramping” is really like, we’d like to do our bit and write some blogs to help the next year of Te Araroa victims. I mean that in the nicest possible way.

But first, some of our fondest memories of life on the Te Araroa trail (expand the slideshow for best view!):

One of the many fantastic things about being back in the UK is our return to Parkrun. And it turns out I’m really fast now!! From a 5k PB of 29:24 pre-Te Araroa to a PB of 24:22 post-Te Araroa. All that training has paid off! Please everyone, show your appreciation for the best Saturday morning activity and the wonderful community led events that take place each week – let’s keep Parkrun free forever! #loveparkrun

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