"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Attributed to Mark Twain

  • We made it!

    On 2nd August 2011, 5 months and nearly 3000kms after we set out from Bluff, we arrived at Cape Reinga. It was surreal; there was laughter, misty eyes, elation and relief. We had reached the long-awaited finish line. A huge thank-you to everyone who supported us along the way... friends, family, sponsors and strangers who helped us out or wished us well. We couldn't have done this without your help... Thank-you!! Read about our journey

  • Latest from our blog

    Message in a bottle

    Someone found our 'message-in-a-bottle'! Woohoo! But wait?! They found it on Ninety Mile beach, where we sent it off!!! Doh!
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    Epilogue

    Two weeks after we reached the finish line, we have time to reflect on our trip.
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    Clare and Dave's top tramping tips

    Planning a long hiking trip? Then take a look at some wee tips that we learned along the way...feel free to add your own comments also.
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    Bye-bye beard

    The last 10 days of our trip weren't easy. The finish line was in sight but there was still plenty of ground to cover and forests to get lost in...Then, finally, there was a wee lighthouse, where the Pacific meets the Tasman and two exhausted hikers jumped for joy!
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About our adventure

In 2011, we spent five months from February to August walking the length of New Zealand, from Bluff to Cape Reinga, covering nearly 3000km. Read our blog

Recent Articles

Message in a bottle

Someone found our 'message-in-a-bottle'! Woohoo! But wait?! They found it on Ninety Mile beach, where we sent it off!!! Doh!... [Read more]

Epilogue

Two weeks after we reached the finish line, we have time to reflect on our trip.... [Read more]

Clare and Dave's top tramping tips

Planning a long hiking trip? Then take a look at some wee tips that we learned along the way...feel free to add your own comments also.... [Read more]

Bye-bye beard

The last 10 days of our trip weren't easy. The finish line was in sight but there was still plenty of ground to cover and forests to get lost in...Then, finally, there was a wee lighthouse, where the Pacific meets the Tasman and two exhausted hikers jumped for joy!... [Read more]

Are we nearly there yet??!!

This section has been about the beautifully rugged New Zealand coastline. In the rain. Meeting with friends and some friendly locals have helped to alleviate the "are we nearly there yet?" syndrome.... [Read more]

  • Introducing Dave & Clare

    Dave is from Oxfordshire, England and I am from Co. Armagh, Ireland (Ard Mhaca Abu!). We have lived in New Zealand (on and off) since 2005. We both love the great outdoors, which is fortunate, considering our latest undertaking involves being outdoors all day, every day. Dave is definitely the more adventurous one and loves to hike, dive, mountain bike, climb and snow board. He is irritatingly adept at most things he tries. I have done my fair share of running and hiking - the latter mainly in New Zealand. Most of our holidays involve a mini adventure like cycle touring or hiking, but this is by far the longest and most challenging hike we will have ever done. Eeek!