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> The Walkway from Cape Reinga tpo Bluff, Top to bottom of both Islands - Te Araroa
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post Apr 6 2009, 12:26 AM
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Yesterday I had the privilege and pleasure to be with a friend who had walked all the way from Cape Reinga to Wellington and not on the highways. He was following the partially completed new walk all the way from Cape Reinga to Bluff, top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island.
3,000 kilometres A tramping trail from Cape Reinga in the north to Bluff in the south
Opening late 2010 - one of the world’s longest walking trails
http://www.teararoa.org.nz/


We took him from Picton on a friend's sailboat over to the beginning of the South Island Queen Charlotte track. The majority of his walk will be through untouched wilderness as the paths haven't been made yet..............a hard man with a great smile. Said he just had to do it for himself............and he ain't no young man but a hardy one......

Dean Cole is his name and he is from the bottom of the South Island at Riverton. Upon his finish I will be going down to stay with him and put together his photos and parts of his diary on my website......................

Photos I took yesterday...........by the way this is at Ships Cove that can only be reached by boat or walking and is where Capt Cook stayed when in this part of New Zealand northern part of the Marlborough Sounds a 3 hour boat ride from Picton.....(a slow 6 knot sailboat that is)........
The photos are of the sail over and the one at last is Dean having his photo taken by his wife and accompanied by their dog......On the next part of his trip next week he will be off Dept of Conservation walks and the dog will go with him.
He hadn't seen his wife for three months as he walked the North Island down but now she will meet up with him along the way at several points with their camper van, 2 dogs and cat who is 18 years old.

This is history being made as no one has done this walk before especially since it hasn't been finished yet.

More later....................



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post Apr 6 2009, 09:15 AM
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What an incredible story! Do you know what made him decide to do this?


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post Apr 6 2009, 04:29 PM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Apr 6 2009, 09:15 AM) *

What an incredible story! Do you know what made him decide to do this?



He loves the outrdoors and to walk in it.............that's the reason..........
and he isn't getting any younger so now's the time before the walk is completed
so everyone can do it.............
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post Apr 6 2009, 10:05 PM
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He's a very lucky man. Good on him..


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post May 18 2010, 05:06 PM
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