Statistics from the Walk
I started walking on 13th October 2014 in Cape Reinga and finished in Twizel on 10th May 2016
64 walkers joined me – thirteen did more than one day
We fundraised collectively $16,511.72 for the Mental Health Foundation
Accommodation was tenting, cabins, huts, people’s houses and two blissful nights in motels
I followed the Te Araroa Trail
1742.67 km walked North Island and 1318km South Island. Total = 3060.67km
Average of 27.23 km per walking day North Island and 23km South Island
8 rest day (not enough!!!!!) North Island and heaps for the South
My food was mainly dehydrated or light food when having to carry it. It was great to have home cooked meals along the way. Also a few pub/pizza/pie/doughnut pig outs. I ate a lot of food and had a pretty unhealthy diet but due to high energy output, I remained the same weight.
I managed to keep my coffee addiction (though sometimes instant coffee was my go to)
I didn’t get blisters ans had one knee injury
I did have sore feet and legs regularly (sometimes not able to sleep due to sore legs)
I had one afternoon nap in Taihape
I had many days when I was rained on. I had one day walking in a lightning storm for four hours. I had hail once, snow once and wind many days but especially near Palmerston North. I must of had plenty of sunshine too as I have tan lines across my arms, legs and ankles.
I went through four pairs of trail shoes…….holes in heels, tread rubbed completely down
The biggest cost was equipment/gear purchases, phone data to upload blogs, accommodation costs and food
What I have learnt…..
- To trust myself. When I felt it was the wrong way, I knew to check straight away as my feeling would be right. I can do what I set my mind to.
- It is good to plan but it is good to be available to take opportunities that arise. A mixture of both works really well.
- I discovered that New Zealanders are generous, friendly people.
I am thankful for…
- Those people that signed up to walk were the right kind of people and I will be forever thankful to them all for helping me get through this tough walk!
- Those people that gave me encouraging comments and those that helped me out in some way so my walk was enjoyable rather than torture!!!
- I am thankful for my supportive husband and family who played huge roles in the success of my walk.