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What you learned walking Te Araroa
We asked our Facebook whānau what they learned from walking sections (or all) of Te Araroa. The responses were mīharo (amazing). Here are our top 10.
Debby M told us, "I surprised myself at what I was capable of. I never once wanted to give it up. One of the best things I have ever done. If I was younger I would be tempted to do it all again...."
Peter K provided 10 bullet points to ponder:
Wjohn S had specific points, "there's a lot of up and down on the ship cove to Anakiwa. Freehold creek is beautiful. Snake ridge had gentians in flower.
Dianne S had some practical advice from her experience walking Cape Reinga to Kerikeri, "I learnt some days are better than others, but as long as you can keep putting one foot in front of the other, it's all doable. Also, your feet are vital to you being able to do it, so your footwear is sooooooo important."
And Hayley W had some practical experience, "Be careful squatting down going for a tinkle with a backpack on."
As well as Des J, "the less you carry the happier the hike."
To all the coffee lovers, Ben W confirmed, "the coffee is consistently amazing. Petrol station in the middle of nowhere? World class barista style coffee available."
Christine W reminded us to "slow down [and] enjoy it. It’s over way too soon. Don’t stress about stuff, when you're standing under the sign it doesn’t matter and never did..."
Julie C shared, "I've only walked a few random bits. But I've watched a looooottttt of videos. I now refelct on how awesomely loooong it is. I want it all."