Days 50-51: Mavora Lakes Road to Merrivale Road (Longwood Forest)

Days 50-51: Mavora Lakes Road to Merrivale Road (Longwood Forest)

Start: Mavora Lakes Road (2,797km) Finish: Merrivale Road (Longwood Forest) (2,924km) Distance for the 2 days: 127km Cumulative distance: 2,924km Distance to Bluff: 130km This trail is making me work for my kilometers right to the last, as it has done all the way. It...
Days 28-30: A traverse of the Richmond Range

Days 28-30: A traverse of the Richmond Range

Day 28: Pelorus (1,801km) to Starveall Hut (1,848km) Day 29: Starveall Hut (1,848km) to Top Wairoa Hut (1,886km) Day 30: Top Wairoa Hut (1,886km) to road head (1,920km) Cumulative distance: 1,920km I’m just in from a 3 day north to south fast pack across the Richmond...
Te Araroa Expedition – Video Dispatch 1

Te Araroa Expedition – Video Dispatch 1

Enjoy the first Video Dispatch from the Te Araroa expedition, a new trail that meanders the full length of New Zealand. The North Face Athlete Jez Bragg is running a distance of 3,054 kilometres from the tip of the North Island to the tip of the South...
Day 27: Camp Bay to Pelorus

Day 27: Camp Bay to Pelorus

Start: Camp Bay (1,724km) Finish: Pelorus (1,801km) Distance for the day: 77km Cumulative distance: 1,801km South Island distance note: the total mapped distance for the North Island is 1,623km, however with the diversions it was significantly more. The South Island...
Day 24: Parawai Lodge to Ohauri Valley Road

Day 24: Parawai Lodge to Ohauri Valley Road

Start: Parawai Lodge (1,515km) Finish: Oharui Valley Road (1,595km) Distance for the day: 80km Cumulative distance: 1,595km Today’s objective was to get as close to as possible to Wellington, the finish point of the North Island. We made the decision last night, based...
Day 23: Te Matawai Hut to Parawai Lodge

Day 23: Te Matawai Hut to Parawai Lodge

Start: Te Matawai Hut (1,484km) Finish: Parawai Lodge (1,515km) Distance for the day: 31km Cumulative distance: 1,515km I ‘ran’ for just over 13 hours today, and covered the rather measly distance of 31km. The reason? I was crossing the pretty epic and wild Tararua...
Te Araroa – Day 21: Koitiata to Turitea

Te Araroa – Day 21: Koitiata to Turitea

Start: Koitiata (1,339km) Finish: Turitea – Greens Road (1,418km) Distance for the day: 79km Cumulative distance: 1,418km Don’t get too excited about the distance covered, it was pretty easy running today – flat, some beach and forest, but mostly road. It was...
Te Araroa – Day 19

Te Araroa – Day 19

Start: Bridge to Nowhere (1,191km) Finish: Atene (1,263km) Distance for the day: 72km Cumulative distance: 1,263km A day off! Well from running…. This was a major milestone for me; reaching the Whanganui River for the 120km downstream paddle. I worked hard to reach...
Te Araroa – Day 18

Te Araroa – Day 18

Start: National Park (1,113km) Finish: Bridge to Nowhere (1,191km) Distance for the day: 78km Cumulative distance: 1,191km Big day. It was another case of the official paper/mapped distance not reflecting the true distance due to a long road diversion (see earlier...