124-Musicians on the Te Araroa

Show notes

In this week’s episode we have something slightly different for you as we interview Mickey and Michelle about their upcoming journey on the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand. This is one of the world’s premier long distance hiking trails starting at the top of the north island and finishing at the bottom of the South Island for a total distance of 3,000km.

In itself this is a big trip that presents many challenges and will take a number of months to complete but if that wasn’t enough they have a few other complications to make this trip more difficult. Michelle is only 29 and suffers from Osteoporosis. In addition they are both musicians and deciding that they didn’t want to have such a long period away from music they will be doing a series of concerts along the way as a means of funding their trip and to help raise awareness of Osteoporosis which affects 1 in 3 women and one in 5 men (over the age of 50).

In this episode we provide a brief overview of the Te Araroa trail before talking to Mickey and Michelle about their upcoming journey.

Podcast overview

In this episode we cover:

  • Mickey and Michelle’s hiking background
  • Why they are undertaking this trip
  • The musical aspect of this trip
  • Osteoporosis as a young person
  • The planning for  trip of this magnitude
  • The logistic aspects of doing concerts on a long distance trail
    • Expected timeframe
    • Resupply aspects
    • What does a typical day look like?
  • Gear considerations
  • Mental and physical aspects of the trip
    • ‘Me time’?
  • Tim and Gill’s  ‘2 bobs worth’

The trail itself


Te Araroa Website

  • Find out all about New Zealand’s world renowned long distance trail

Micky and Michelle’s Website

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