The Great New Zealand Trek

In 2006 the Great New Zealand Trek began from Cape Reinga as an annual week long trek designed to give people the opportunity to walk, horse ride or mountain bike the length of the country piece by piece.

My brother Frank just completed a 245 kilometer (152 miles) trek about 2 weeks ago. The trek is for a week and participants hike 35kms (22 miles) a day. He said it was extremely challenging, but a wonderful experience. I was hoping there was some photo’s on the site, but apparently they are not on the site yet.

Here are some photo’s taken of Frank on and after a days walk.



My brother Frank, who is now 70, I would not call him fit, but obviously fit enough, said some of the hills rose from 100 meters (328 feet) above sea level to 500 meters (1,640 feet), like straight up. He said he has never felt so tired in his lifetime, but exilerated. He said it was a great experience. Frank said he will be doing it again next year.

Pixie, Frank’s wife, went on the Trek, but as a volunteer. Their group made sure all the tents were up and ready for the trekkers arrival and in the morning took them down and packed them. Pixie said it was so much fun, and had a great time. So if you didn’t want to trek you could volunteer and at the same time get to see some beautiful country side.

You can do this trek anyway you want to, on horse, bicycle, walk, or run; however, you want to do it. My brother chose to walk. They also have a shuttle bus available for those who maybe only want to walk part of the way.

I thought I would make a post of this trek because if anyone has the opportunity to go to NZ to do this, I think it would be an experience of a lifetime, plus at the same time you are assisting a charity.

I am not sure of all the costs, but you can find all the information on the website. The Great New Zealand Trek

The Great New Zealand Trek

Great NZ Trek 2008 No. 3.


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11 responses to “The Great New Zealand Trek

  1. This is fantastic and I appreciate you sharing. It has inspired me to add this to my “bucket list” :D

    • lesleyvoth

      Thank-you. I wasn’t sure if anyone would be interested. I thought the trek and the pictures were worth sharing so took the plunge anyway. So I am glad you liked it. I think if I am over there, at that time next year I might do it myself.

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  4. rainforestaloha

    so glad you posted this and the twitter link. what an awesome trek.

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  7. Ann Franks

    Have walked the trek since it started at Cape Reinga. It is truely an amazing country we live in and what a privilege to see what most Kiwis never see from their vehicles. Loved the photos of Frank especially at day’s end I know that feeling of exhaustion but also exhilaration of doing it. Will look out for him on one of those hills we scale. Can’t wait.

    • lesleyvoth

      I know he is about to do this years trek. Have you any info on it so that i can publish on my web. If I don’t get anything put up maybe you could send me some photo’s when you finish. If I had been in NZ this time I would have done it with Frank. It sounds quite the experience.

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