Hello there, I’m Erin

I always knew I loved to travel, when I was younger my family would always go on an annual trip somewhere. Whether overseas or within New Zealand, it was always the highlight of the year.

It wasn’t until 2019 that I truly realised my deep passion for travelling and the great outdoors.

After graduating from Waikato University, I embarked on a 4-month backpacking tour of Northland and the Bay of Plenty.

I started off doing the usual touristy things but soon found that my favourite days were filled with some sort of hike, and it was later in Northland that I completed my first overnight hike.

I always knew I loved to travel, when I was younger my family would always go on an annual trip somewhere. Whether overseas or within New Zealand, it was always the highlight of the year.

It wasn’t until 2019 that I truly realised my deep passion for travelling and the great outdoors.

After graduating from Waikato University, I embarked on a 4-month backpacking tour of Northland and the Bay of Plenty.

I started off doing the usual touristy things but soon found that my favourite days were filled with some sort of hike, and it was later in Northland that I completed my first overnight hike.

Cape Brett in Northland was absolutely life-changing, sitting there watching the sunset over the ocean I was hit with the sudden realisation that this is what life should be about. It isn’t about working a 9-5 job, meal prepping every Sunday or the monotony of the same day over and over again.

Life is about experiences, it’s about getting out there to experience and see everything that this big wide world has to offer. 

In 2020 when the world shut down and cancelled any hopes and dreams to go overseas, I decided to turn inwards and explore my own country. Having travelled most of the North Island I decided to venture to the South Island. I booked one week in Christchurch followed by a 2 week summer road trip around the whole island and 2 weeks in Nelson to tick the Abel Tasman and Queen Charlotte Tracks off my list.

Cape Brett in Northland was absolutely life-changing, sitting there watching the sunset over the ocean I was hit with the sudden realisation that this is what life should be about. It isn’t about working a 9-5 job, meal prepping every Sunday or the monotony of the same day over and over again.

Life is about experiences, it’s about getting out there to experience and see everything that this big wide world has to offer. 

In 2020 when the world shut down and cancelled any hopes and dreams to go overseas, I decided to turn inwards and explore my own country. Having travelled most of the North Island I decided to venture to the South Island. I booked one week in Christchurch followed by a 2 week summer road trip around the whole island and 2 weeks in Nelson to tick the Abel Tasman and Queen Charlotte Tracks off my list.

After returning to full-time work, I found myself wanting more adventure. This is when I came across New Zealand’s thru-hike, the Te Araroa Trail, I knew that was my next adventure. Starting in Cape Reinga, and heading all the way down to Bluff, the 3,000km Te Araroa Trail has everything I’m looking for. It would pull me out of my ordinary life and challenge me to my extremes, all while showcasing the best parts of New Zealand.

Stay tuned as I share all the ups and downs of the Te Araroa Trail with you.

Erin xx

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