143-Te Araroa Trail, a catch up

Show notes

In this episode we catch catch up with musicians Mickey and Michelle who are currently hiking the 3,000km New Zealand Te Araroa Trail, playing gigs as they go. When we first caught up with them in episode 124 they were just about to start this amazing trail and now around five months later they have completed just over 2,200km with around 750 km left. Find out about the trail, the highs and lows, the scenery, and the people as they head towards the finish line.

Podcast overview

In this episode we cover:

  • Where Micky and Michelle
  • Why they did the trail
  • Reality vs expectations
  • Music as a release
  • Km’s day
  • Music
    • Gigs on the trail
    • Keeping to a schedule
  • Injuries and Illness
  • Skree
  • Resupply
    • NZ same but different
    • Supermarkets
  • A typical day
  • Huts vs tents
  • The bugs
  • The weather
  • River crossings
  • People on the trail
    • Steady as she goes
  • Weight loss
  • The scenery
  • Canoeing
  • The sun and sunburn
  • Close to finishing
  • The food
  • The highlights and the lowlights
  • Gill and Tim’s takeaway

In next week’s episode, due for release on 18 March 2020, we talk on Tim’s recent trip on the Bondi to Manly trail in Sydney, NSW, Australia. This is one of Australia’s premiere urban trails that officially opened in December 2019.

Where are they Map

As we record this podcast Mickey and Michelle are where the red dot is with about 750 km to go


Te Araroa Website

  • Find out all about New Zealand’s world renowned long distance trail at the link above

Mickey and Michelle

Micky and Michelle’s Website

  • Find out more about Mickey and Michelle and their upcoming trip
  • Donate to support Osteoporosis (site to launch on the hike commencement)
  • Listen to some example of their excellent music including their recently released album
  • Instagram: @mickeyandmichelle
  • Facbook:@mickeymichellemusic

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Mickey and Michelle, Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Michelle at Travers saddle, 50km south of St Arnaurd

Canoeing down the Whanganui River

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