What a journey! Since its beginning in 2006 The Great NZ Trek has completed 12 successful stages covering New Zealand from Cape Reinga in the far North to Omakau in the deep South, equalling a total of 2262km.
Trustee Kitty Johnson says it’s not just the trekking that attracts people, but the camaraderie and friendships made.
“This is the perfect way to see the real New Zealand, gaining access to land not normally accessible to the public. The hot showers, flush toilets and fabulous catering are just the icing on the cake.”
Horse riders, walkers and mountain bikers join together for a week each year. The route is marked to allow people to travel at their own pace so you can trek in groups or on your own. There is no other event quite like this in New Zealand.
“The reason we do this is to raise funds for multiple sclerosis and we are proud to be associated with The Malaghan Institute who are able to explore new avenues of research with the funds we have donated,” says Kitty.
To date The Great New Zealand Trek Trust has raised $348,900 and with two more years before the trek reaches Bluff, hopes to raise a grand total of $500,000.
“This couldn’t be done without a hard-working team of volunteers. It’s really great to see a lot of the same ones coming back each year. There is something special about this event that words can’t explain…you just have to come and experience it for yourself,” says Kitty.