North to South: Hiking New Zealand's 3,000 kilometre Te Araroa Trail
A colourful, entertaining journey as Stefan walks the 3,000 kilometre length of one of the world's newest long distance hiking trails, the Te Araroa, from Cape Reinga to Bluff in New Zealand.
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||1 January 2018 by NZ / SP Author Self Published
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In the summer of 2017, Stefan Fairweather took six months off work to walk the length of New Zealand on the 3,000-kilometre Te Araroa trail. Stefan blends the story of his Te Araroa journey with personal anecdotes and humorous tales of characters he meets on the road. North to South is a voyage that traverses the breadth of New Zealand's unique landscapes and colourful personalities. "Stefan weaves his life experiences and philosophy into this meticulous account of his journey through New Zealand. His descriptions of the land and scenery he encounters and the people he meets speaks to a profound love of both. It is a must read for all prospective Te Araroa walkers and anyone who wants to know Aotearoa better" Dennis Clark, New Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC) Member
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Stefan Fairweather is originally from Hamilton. His interest in hiking started on Mt Pirongia with boy scouts more than 30 years ago. He joined the Junior Naturalist (not naturist) Club and had further tramping experiences near Kawhia and the Coromandel. It was a one-week camp on Mt Taranaki and numerous hikes back to this iconic national park during his years at Waikato University that gave him his thirst for the mountains. For several of his university summer holidays he hitchhiked around the South Island, hiking in Nelson Lakes, Kahurangi, Westland, Arthur's Pass and Mt Cook National Parks. After graduating with a degree in biology, he departed NZ for nine-years overseas. Mountains and hiking were often the inspiration to visit places and consequently he has been hiking in Morocco, Nepal, Slovakia, Malaysia, Canada, Poland, India and the USA. One country that Stefan has a special connection to is Japan. He taught English there for 3 years and every weekend and holiday were spent exploring the vast network of national parks, forests, mountains and hiking trails. Since returning to NZ and embarking upon a medical career, he has made numerous trips back to various regions of Japan for the purposes of hiking and skiing.
The Te Araroa is Stefan's first long distance hike (but not his last) and North to South is his first book. He works as a GP and lives in Christchurch with his wife and an anxious cat.