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Photo by Annette Smith, DOC Queenstown.
Photo by Annette Smith, DOC Queenstown.

TE ARAROA:A   walking guide to New Zealand's Long Trail<br><b>Geoff   Chapple<br></b><i>Random House
TE ARAROA:A walking guide to New Zealand's Long Trail<br><b>Geoff Chapple<br></b><i>Random House
A tramper admires the view over Lake Hawea towards Mt Aspiring from Breast Hill Track, one of the nine Otago tracks that make up the Te Araroa trail, in an image from Te Araroa: A Walking Guide To New Zealand's Longest Trail, published by Random House.

Te Araroa, or the Long Pathway, extends from Cape Reinga to Bluff, a distance of 3000km.

In this user-friendly guide, author Geoff Chapple explains the track's long and tortuous history, from the original idea suggested by the Alpine Sports Club's then-president Bob Ussher in 1967, to initial work done through the now disestablished New Zealand Walkways Commission, to the author's own energy and determination to make such a trail a reality through the establishment of the Te Araroa Trust, of which he is CEO, and subsequent community and local and national government support for the project.

Although the trail still has a few gaps, linked by road, it can be completed as a whole (give yourself a mere 120-160 days), but also in sections, through its 113 stand-alone tracks across nine regions.

Each of these sections is simply and clearly explained, and illustrated with detailed 3-D maps and stunning pictures from a range of sources, making this publication an invaluable resource.

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