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  • Published: 3 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9781775537434
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 264

Te Araroa The New Zealand Trail

One Man Walks His Dream


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A travel book of vivid encounters with the New Zealand's people and landscape along its famous long trail.

A travel book of vivid encounters with the New Zealand's people and landscape along its famous long trail.

When journalist Geoff Chapple wrote a newspaper article that set out a vision for a 2600-km hiking trail the length of New Zealand, he never imagined that he would become the trail blazer. Over five years he talked to farmers and landowners, seeing where the route might be possible. He then walked every step of an adventurous and remote off-road trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

Chapple set up a trail-building and fund-raising body, the Te Araroa Trust, that has enlisted the support of mayors and councillors throughout New Zealand. Now hundreds of New Zealanders
and overseas visitors walk all or part of the trail every year.

This is the story of how an individual took up a dream and single-mindedly created a heritage for future generations to enjoy.

'I admire his energy and creativity and support the vision of a national trail. ' Sir Edmund Hillary
' A fine far-sighted quest.' Michael King

  • Pub date: 3 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9781775537434
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 264

About the Author

Geoff Chapple

Geoff Chapple founded Te Araroa, the New Zealand-long walking track that opened in 2011. He is an author, journalist, playwright, occasional musician, and was once the librettist for an opera. He has won prizes for his movie scriptwriting, and his journalism. Chapple’s six books include a biography of Rewi Alley, the New Zealander who founded peasant schools in China and took part in China’s 1949 revolution. He also wrote, from a protest viewpoint, a people’s account of the divisive 1981 Springbok tour of New Zealand. In 2003 he won the Environment category of the Montana New Zealand Book Awards with his book Te Araroa: The New Zealand Trail. His stage play Hatch was produced by the Auckland Theatre Company and toured New Zealand and Tasmania through 2007–10. Since 2012, when he stepped down from the leadership of Te Araroa, he has returned to journalism and writing.

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