Message in a bottle

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

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??!!

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

Trespassing and plucking possums via the Kaimai ranges

Trespassing and plucking possums via the Kaimai ranges

The Kaimai ranges were a welcome break from the road walking from Taupo to Auckland. We battled the winter weather and learned a few new tricks along the way, like how to pluck a possum! Read More

The 'hut pantry' was a goldmine on the long haul to Taupo

The 'hut pantry' was a goldmine on the long haul to Taupo

Long days of road walking, endless ups and downs in the mountains and heavy packs. It was a challenge but the little extras that we picked up in the huts and the generosity that we encountered along the way kept us going. Read More

One Welly, a Jigsaw and a few Hut(t)s

One Welly, a Jigsaw and a few Hut(t)s

Our day in Wellington was a whirlwind and before we knew it we were in the beautiful Tararuas, with one day of views before the notorious white-out blanketed everything again. Read More

Hei kona ra South Island, Kia ora North Island!

Hei kona ra South Island, Kia ora North Island!

The Pelorus and Queen Charlotte tracks were a great way to end our South Island hike...Sunny Ship Cove will stick in our memories for a while. Read More

Has the gear held up as well as we have?

Has the gear held up as well as we have?

Just in case our blog has inspired any of you to take off into the outdoors and you need some new outdoor gear, we thought you might like a review of how we are finding our gear so far. If the gear can survive what we are putting it through, it'll survive anything! Read More

"ONE SLIP AND YOU ARE DEAD"

"ONE SLIP AND YOU ARE DEAD"

The mountains in the Richmond Ranges showed us who was boss..or maybe it was the weather who was boss..either way, we were taken down a peg or two! Read More

Rain, rivers and hot pools

Rain, rivers and hot pools

Bring on the waterproof gear, as winter gets into full swing and we head from Arthurs Pass to St Arnaud, with some great company along the way... Read More

The path of least resistance, if you can find it!

The path of least resistance, if you can find it!

It's been a toughy! Big tussock ranges with not much of a track through them! And two uncrossable rivers to keep us on our toes. Read More

Snow?! That wasn't in the brochure!

Snow?! That wasn't in the brochure!

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, as we found out in this long and gruelling section! Read More

A hut without a stove is like a country singer without a broken heart

A hut without a stove is like a country singer without a broken heart

The ups and downs of the Motutapu track, our journey from Arrowtown to Wanaka. Read More

First woman to hop the length of NZ?

First woman to hop the length of NZ?

The adventured continues, on and off road from Te Anau to Queenstown. We went through Snowdon Forest, Mavora Walkway, Greenstone track, Routeburn track then a big road section to Queenstown. Read More

The land of the little orange arrows

The land of the little orange arrows

Trip report from Bluff to Te Anau, going through the Dusky Track. We've survived so far with blisters and sandflies bites. The weather has been kind and the only breakages to report are a walking pole and solar charger, rather than bones! Read More

Why February?

Why we are starting in February. Read More

Top 5 Fears

Freaky cat

We thought it might be a good idea to jot down our biggest fears for the trip ahead. Read More

3 weeks to go

Countdown

Not long to go! Quick round up of where we are at, 3 weeks out from starting. Read More

What's in our First Aid Kit?

First Aid Kit

Just in case it might help others planning a big trip, here's the contents of First Aid Kit. Bear in mind, not all of these items are 'essential' First Aid items, but rather, are things that we know we may need. Read More

Gear List

Gear List

Here's our gear list for the trip. We already had some of the gear and can't remember where we bought it. This is not an exact list; we discarded and added stuff along the way, as we learned what was useful and what wasn't! Read More

PowerFilm USB + AA Solar Charger

PowerFilm USB + AA Solar Charger

To recharge all our devices on the go, we purchased this solar charger Read More

Aotearoa New Zealand and why its good for 'tramping'

Aotearoa New Zealand and why its good for 'tramping'

A brief introduction to tramping in NZ Read More

Accommodation along the way

Accommodation along the way

We thought that some of our site visitors may be interested to hear about where we will be staying along the way. Read More

Why walk the length of New Zealand?

Our reasons for undertaking this trip. Read More

Getting fit for the trip

Our current training programme has been mediocre at best! Here's what we've been doing and what we're planning. Read More

Personal Locator Beacons, a wise safety addition

Personal Locator Beacons, a wise safety addition

Personal Locator Beacons are a wise addition to any trampers safety kit. The idea is that in a life threatening situation you can activate the beacon which is picked up by the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ). A coordinated search and rescue can then be under way. 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!