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Book details
  • Genre:TRAVEL
  • SubGenre:Hikes & Walks
  • Language:English
  • Pages:207
  • eBook ISBN:9781623091569

One Step at a Time

From Cape Reinga to Bluff - Te Araroa Trail

by Shalane Hopkins

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Overview
As New Zealand's newest long distance trail, Te Araroa Trail (The Long Pathway) boasts of being over 3000km long and stretches the entire length of the country from Cape Reinga to Bluff. On October 15, 2010 Alex Ward (England) and Shalane Hopkins (Canada) set out to conquer it.
Description
Having met while travelling in Australia, both women were looking for an unique way of seeing New Zealand and figured that while they were walking the entire length of the country, they should invest their time into giving back to the world. They opted to raise money for Indigo Foundation (Australia-based) and their Solomon Island project. A total of $3000AUD was raised which is enough to run the entire project for 6 months. The entire 171 day adventure (finishing April 3, 2011) took Ward and Hopkins over mountain ranges, across rivers, through farmland, along coastline and into areas of New Zealand that many Kiwis don't even know exist. The adventure tested not only their physical stamina, but their mental strength as well. A journey that started out as one to explore a country and raise money for a cause turned into something so much more that pushed both Alex and Shalane beyond anything they couldn't have imagined. Having to face their own strengths and weaknesses, both women learned as much about themselves as they did about the land they walked over. This is their journey. Their story. Their adventure. One step at a time.
About the author
Shalane Hopkins is the Volunteer & Fundraising Coordinator at the Hanmer Springs Forest Camp, New Zealand. Always keen on travelling the world and creating a life of adventure, Hopkins finished her education in Disability Studies and then set off to walk the width of British Columbia, Canada solo. Te Araroa Trail was never a planned endeavor, but while in travelling in Australia, she jumped at the thought of walking the length of New Zealand. Having completed the trail and fallen in love with New Zealand, her plans of exploring the rest of the world have been put on hold for a while as she lives in the alpine village of Hanmer Springs, New Zealand. Having big dreams of more adventure in her future, it’s difficult to know what Shalane will do next. The Long Way Down is her first published book.
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