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.