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Australasia & South Pacific

A walk in the park…or two

Nelson Lakes New ZealandIf you fancy a stroll, New Zealand’s 3,300 kilometre Te Araroa Trail has just opened as one of the world’s longest walking routes. The route, which hundreds of volunteers have helped to create, links Cape Reinga, at the northern tip of the North Island, and Bluff, on the South Island’s southernmost coast, mainly by pre‑existing trails and back-country roads; it would take months to complete. New Zealand is well known for its diverse scenery, so it’s no surprise that this trail comprises coastline, rolling farmland, volcanoes, mountain passes, river valleys and even green pathways through no less than seven cities. A highlight is the famous Tongariro Crossing which traverses a spectacular volcanic landscape. For those who are into ‘slow tourism’ this would be the ultimate way to explore the country! Around 100 people are expected to complete the full walk each year.  Visit http://www.teararoa.org.nz/ for more information.

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