Kia ora kautou katoa. My name is Michelle Campbell and I am a Te Araroa through walker. On the 1st of November 2016 I set off from Cape Reinga with my partner Jack and 143 days later we arrived in Bluff. I am currently working on a website to help more kiwi’s prepare for their Te Araroa journey. I would also like to promote and encourage the trail to more Maori. If you are planning for your Te Araroa through walk and would like to ask some questions please feel free to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org & check out my Te Araroa page. Haere mai.
A little more about me
I am a queer Maori girl who grew up in Papatoetoe, South Auckland. I never dreamed of doing anything outdoorsy until I took a trip to Canada where I went on my first overnight tramping trip to Lake Garibaldi at the age of 24. I returned home with a thirst for the outdoors and slowly developed my tramping skills and built up my kit while walking 8 of the 9 New Zealand Great walks. Living in Wellington I was privy to the hard backcountry of the Tararua ranges and fell in love with them. When I heard about Te Araroa in 2011 I was immediately intrigued but I was a broke student at the time and later that year I was diagnosed with Kidney disease (FSGS). The dream of through walking the TA remained a dream as I fell deeply into conventional life. I was scared to make my through walking a dream a reality. It seemed to risky, too tough. But in 2016 I took a leap of faith at a low point in my life. I quit my job, convinced my partner Jack to walk Te Araroa with me and off we set. I am now collating my experience through this website. The end goal is to create a helpful, accessible website that promotes diversity and inclusion on Te Araroa.