"There is nothing like taking that first step into a foreign world, and the great unknown that lies beyond it."

The Final Walk. Two Thumbs Track 72.5 kilometers

The Final Walk. Two Thumbs Track 72.5 kilometers

The final Walk. Two Thumbs Track

 

This was my final section and it also hit the highest point on the Te Araroa trail so it seemed a fitting end to my journey. This section of the trail required long walking days with a pretty brutal sun and no shade cover. The best part of this track was the historic hut system. I stayed in an old hut from the 1800s, shown in the picture below! The trail involved a lot of river crossings, and tussock and ridgeline walking with views of the Mt. Cook range. It made for a perfect ending. I’m so glad I did this! In fine fashion, on my last day I got epically lost, broke my trekking pole, fell through multiple sticker bushes and had to follow a river through a gorge for a couple of hours before finding the trail again. It was still worth it and it was a memorable way to end this journey.

One month after the walk

One month after the walk

Honorable Mentions. Walks I didn't get to do that look incredible.

Honorable Mentions. Walks I didn't get to do that look incredible.