3. How long it takes
The best time to walk Te Araroa | Choosing a direction | How long it takes | Fitness and experience | Permits and fees | Accomodation | Clothing and equipment | Cost | Visas | Safety precautions | Fishing | Resupplying and food parcels | Getting to and from Cape Reinga | Getting to and from Bluff | Stewart Island Rakiura | Taking my dog, bike, horse | NavigatingA thru-tramp takes somewhere between 50-80 days per island.
The time depends on fitness, tenacity, weather, and how quickly you want to progress.
50 days is quick and would need a high degree of fitness and some luck with the weather.
80 days is leisurely. This would give leeway to walk slower and for shorter distances on most days. It would allow you to build fitness levels en route, to extend town stays, and to allow greater margins for weather-related variables.