Thru-hiking Length of New Zealand on Te Araroa

DONE BY: Samuel Bartusek | Hotchkiss School '15 | Princeton U. '20

HOW OPPORTUNITY WAS FOUND: 

Just general internet exploring and thru-hiking forums and stuff, but the Te Araroa Trust's website is https://www.teararoa.org.nz

LENGTH: 5 months

LOCATION: Whole length of New Zealand 

FUN: ★★★★★

PERSONAL GROWTH: ★★★★☆

KIND OF PERSONAL GROWTH MOST EXPERIENCED:

  • Patience
  • Perseverance
  • Eliminating anxiety
  • Self-sufficiency

DAY-TO-DAY LIFE: 

  • 6:30am: wake
  • 7:00am: walk
  • 5-6pm: camp
  • 8-9pm ~: sleep

DESCRIPTION OF WORK/ACTIVITIES DONE: 

  • Walking 

TOP TIPS: 

  • If you expect it to be fun, you're not gonna have fun, you have to expect it to suck and then when it sucks it meets your expectations and when it's fun that's a bonus.
  • Explore more of the country than just the trail-really!!!!!!!
  • Talk to everyone.
  • Pack light especially so you can carry a lot of gummies

MOST MEANINGFUL LESSON TAKEN AWAY: 

How to simultaneously 'roll with it' and be good at planning

Jiyoung Jeong