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ℹ️ Total Stats ℹ️ 🥾 Te Araroa Trail, New Zealand📍Supported by ZOLEO @zoleolifeeurope #ChallengeWithZoleo

🥾 Having recently completed the Te Araroa Trail, (3,028 km (1,893 miles)) from Cape Reinga to Bluff, I'm thrilled to share the stats from the journey.


I hope you find it of interest and it helps you with your planning and preparation.


There are separate blog posts for each island with more info as well. Enjoy! 🌿




🗓️Total Days Away: 132 - 4 months 9 days.

27th October 2023 to the 6th March 2024: Auckland, New Zealand 🇳🇿 - Melboune, Australia 🇦🇺 - UK 🇬🇧

Total Days on Trail: 114 


🗓️Start date: 1st November 2023 from Cape Reinga - Day 1

🗓️End date: 3rd March 2024 at Bluff - Day 114


Active Trail Days: 100 (NI 47 + SI 53)

🥾Walking Days: 92 

🦶Total Steps: 2,616,979

🛶Canoe Days: 5

💧Capsized the canoe and in the water: 4

🚴‍♀️Bike Days: 3

💤Rest Days: 20 

💤Biggest rest: 10 days - 🎄🎅🏼Christmas with family in Melbourne, Australia 🇦🇺 

Travel days: 11 

🚗Hitches: 35

⛴️Boat rides: 4



🥾Walked*: 2,104 km / 1,311 miles

🛶Canoed: 168km / 105 miles 

🚴‍♀️Cycled:  144km / 90 miles

🚗Hitched**: 472 km / 294 miles

TOTAL: 2888 km / 1805 miles 


⌚️*my Garmin watch wasn’t super accurate during this trip. e.g. when I’m in the woods or deep valleys it doesn’t measure my distance correctly. 


e.g. I’ve got 3 instances where my watch says one thing, but I know I walked more:

 

📌Day 53 - watch says 7.3km - I walked from Top Timaru Hut 2,556km, to Stodys Hut 2,569km - which via the app is 13k (so watch is 5.7km out)

📌Day 56 - watch says 21.3km - I walked from - Greenstone Car Park 2,711km  to Boundary Hut 2,745km - which via the app is 34k (so watch is 12.7km out)

📌Day 61 - watch says 26.1km - I walked from Longwood Forest Track 2,912km  to Colac Bay Holiday Park 2,949km - which via the app is 37k (so watch is 10.9km out)


Those 3 errors account for an additional 29.3km / 18 miles walked. 


Distance of the trail: 3,028 km / 1,893 miles 

MY TOTAL: 2888 km / 1805 miles 

Difference:  140km / 88

Minus the '3 errors' =  111km / 70 miles  ‘missing’ either walked or hitched!  


**again I tried to be accurate with how much I hitched. It was hard to get the exact distances - so this is just rough. I wanted to ensure I was transparent with how much I hitched on the roads and which bits I hitched. I think this is really important to show - as I did not walk every step on this ‘thru-hike’. I will discuss this more in the podcast solo episode.




💷💵Total Costs

(Including Travel to NZ, getting to the start, Christmas break etc):


Total: $14,800 / £7,003


On Trail North Island: $3,184 / £1,560

On Trail South Island: $4,757/ £2,236


Flights & Insurance: $4,558 / £2,196


Getting to the start from Auckland including delay: $692 / £332


Christmas Trip to Australia: $1022 / £492


Before the start of the South Island: $389 / £187


After the finish: $198 / £96





💷💵Other Travel Costs BREAKDOWN:


Flights & Insurance 


New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority fee: $23 / £12

International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy: $35 / £18

Travel Insurance: with the Post Office (Covered Korea, New Zealand & Australia) £185 / $384

International Flights (UK ✈️ Korea ✈️Auckland. Invercargill ✈️ Auckland ✈️ UK): £1,981 / $4,115


💲Total costs 🟰$4,558 / £2,196


Getting to the start:💲Travel & Costs from Auckland Airport to Cape Reinga.

Friday 27th October - Wednesday 1st November 


🚎Shuttle Bus from Airport to Hostel $33

🛌Accommodation Auckland $96 (Attic Hostel)

🛒Food resupply $114

🚌Intercity Bus Auckland to KeriKeri $53.50

🚌Intercity Bus KeriKeri to Awanui $32.50

🛌Accommodation KeriKeri $130

New Zealand SIM card $11


Delayed at Keri Keri due to a cyclone 🌀


🚌change bus booking $5.50

🛌Accommodation (2 nights) $50 

🛒Food resupply $157 (so expensive 🤑)

☕️Hot chocolate with Chloe $9


💲Total costs 🟰$691.50/£332


🎄🎅🏼Christmas Trip to Australia: 


🚎Transport from CBD to Wellington airport $10 / £5

✈️Flight to Melbourne: £487 / $1012


💲Total costs 🟰$1022 / £492


Before the start of the South Island  


🚎bus from Wellington airport to city  $10 / £5

🛌accommodation Wellington $73 / £35

🛒food resupply $222 / £107

☀️sunscreen  $13 / £6

US$44 -eSIM = $71 / £34


💲Total costs 🟰$389 / £187


After the finish


Cupping: $29 / £14

🛍️New shoes, underwear, top & pink jumper for the plane $63 / £30

🍫Food for the plane $18 / £9

🍳Breakfast $31 / £15

🥗Raw food salad & juice $24 / £12

🚎Transport to Auckland Airport $18 / £9

🥂Glass of fizz at airport £7 / $15


💲Total costs 🟰$198 / £96


💷💵Average costs per day:

132 days away 

$14,800 / £7,003 

 $112 / £53




💷💵Cost from the HIKE  - 114 days Total costs: $7,941 / £3,796 

(Accommodation, Food, Misc *not including travel to and from start & finish) 

 

North Island: $3,184 / £1,560

South Island: $4,757/ £2,236


💷💵Total costs: $7,941 / £3,796 

💷💵Daily costs:  $69 / £33 


💷💵Total Accommodation Costs: £1,174 / $2,448


Accommodation: 114 nights on trail.

🏕️Camped: 49 nights 43%

🛌Roof over my head: 65 nights 57%


North Island £485 / $990 

South Island £629 / $1,338

+ Hut Pass   £60 / $120 

Total £1,174 / $2,448


💷💵Works out daily to : £10 / $21




💷💵Total Food Costs: £1,730 /  $3,617


North Island: £736 / $1,503 

South Island: £994 / $2,114

Total: £1,730 /  $3,617


💷💵Average Food Costs Per day: £15 / $32


🛒Most expensive Food Shop: NI $392 / £196  Canoe trip. SI $230 / £115  St. Arnault 

 

FYI - I’m wheat free - so eat gluten free food. This does make the food shop more expensive. 


🍫Favourite Food - Whittaker’s Creamy Caramel Chocolate - I would pack out 3/4 bars at a time. I wish I had counted how many I bought over the trip.


🍫Most expensive chocolate bar - I paid $10 for Whittaker’s Chocolate at Boyle Educational Centre - I bought 3! 


🍽️Food I can’t eat for a while: Tuna (even the smell makes me feel ill), peanuts, gummy snakes, chicken from a can, goats cheese (the smell reminds me of goats poo, which you could smell distinctly when walking in the wildness).  





🥚Best food to eat on trail: boiled eggs (I would pack out 6 and they would last for the first 3 days), crisps (I would take 3 bags, open the bags, fold over and 3 packs fit nicely in the top of my pack with my waterproofs)


Emergency Food: Apricots - as I won’t eat them unless I’m super hungry


🥣Main breakfast on trail: Oats - cold - made with water. I also added pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, coconut, walnuts, peanut butter, Nutella, raisins.


Random cravings: Baked beans with cheese on top.


🍕Best Pizza: St. Arnaud Alpine Lodge


🍔Best Burger: Fergburger, Queenstown. 


Fav. Food resupply shop: New World 


🍾Fav. NZ wine - Oyster Bay - Sauvignon Blanc. 










💷💵Misc costs: £364 / $730

(eSims, sunscreen, bug spray, supplements, chap stick, pain killers, anti-septic cream) 


North Island: £83 / $169 

South Island: £76 / $151

+ Bungy jump: £205 / $410 


Total £364 / $730



Subjective feeling out of 10 on - by themselves the data is not super useful but good to compare to other walks I've done.


😀Total Enjoyment: 69%

😫Total Fatigue average: 46% 

⛰️Total Ease of terrain: 57% 


To compare this info to other trails I’ve done.


😀Enjoyment…..


Camino Finisterre 93%

Camino Primitivo 83%

Offa’s Dyke 78% 

South Island, NZ 72%

Coast 2 Coast 72%  

Te Ararora Trail 69%

Camino Frances 69% 

North Island, NZ 65%



😫Total Fatigue Average - the lower the % the less tired I was.


Offa’s Dyke 53%  

North Island, NZ 50% - maybe I went into this trail more tired than I thought I was - I had done a big year of hiking. Plus the final month before the start was very stressful trying to get everything done before I went away. I was probably more stressed than I though I was. 

Te Ararora Trail 46%

Camino Finisterre 40% 

South Island, NZ 42% - more rest days, which helped. I had 64 days compared to the 50 I had on the North Island 

Camino Frances  34%

Coast 2 Coast 33% - I’d just come off the Offa’s Dyke and was super fit.

Camino Primitivo 28% - I felt super good on this camino and was doing big days, and early finishes and lots of rest. 


⛰️Total Ease of terrain: the lower the % the easier I found the terrain


Offa’s Dyke 60% - Elevation gain and loss 9,085 metres (29,806 ft) done over 8 days. It was a tough hike. 

North Island, NZ 59% - road walking was what made it hard going

Te Ararora Trail 57% 

South Island, NZ 55% -  easier than the North Island!

Coast 2 Coast 41%

Camino Frances 35% - challenges on the Caminos for me are; lack of sleep, finding accommodation & too many people

Camino Primitivo 34%

Camino Finisterre 33%


Random Stats…..


🎥Go pro clips filmed: 5,950


📸Photos taken: 3,073


Gear items destroyed/broken: 19 


📡📲Communication Device: ZOLEO 532 Location Share+ updates. The ZOLEO spring promotion will be happening soon so keep your eyes open!


Best bit of gear: my new @macpac bag liner - which also doubles as a survival bag.


👟Trainers: 2 pairs @inov_8


You can get a 15% discount by following this link - https://www.inov-8.com/ambassador/running/tough-girl-podcast 


🏃‍♀️Fastest Women: Brooke Thomas 

(57 days and 10 hours) in 2021


🏔️Highest Point - Stag Saddle (South Island)

- 1,925m / 6,315ft  - reached - day 39.



✨Highlights: Favourite Sections: Timber Trail, Tongariro, Queen Charlotte Track, Pelorus River Track, Richmond Rangers, Waiau Pass.


 Least enjoyable sections: the roads (State Highways, gravel, concrete footpaths, cycle paths), the swampy/muddy forests, canoeing got a bit hard going towards the end, plus I don’t like being cold and wet. It was nice for a while but not my thing.


*for some conversations from NZD I used 0.47 the exchange rate and sometime I just halved it to make it easier

** I’ve tried to be as accurate as possible, if you do spot any glaring errors please do let me know. 


🎤 Listen to the Tough Girl Podcast solo episode where I share in more detail my experience from the hike. This will be live 14th March 2024. 🎧


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