Analysing terrain data
If you want to take the whole tour, you have to budget 50 to 80 days on each island—depending on your personal fitness level and the weather conditions.
If this is much too long for you, "Te Araroa" offers a lot of possibilities for one- or multiple-day tours through the wonderful nature of New Zealand as well. The route can be walked into both directions.
Walking from North to South, it is best to start between the end of September and December and then there is a fairly high chance of having good weather conditions at critical points of the route.
Especially the mountain area on the southern island is not easy to cross and therefore not recommended after April. Since the countryside through which the "Te Araroa" leads is often deserted and wild, it is very important to have knowledge of routing and navigation.
You should also know how to cross rivers without tools, how to put up a tent, which first aid equipment you should always take along and how to prevent undercooling. **Equipment** Solid and already broken-in shoes, comfortable and functional clothing (wind- and waterproof, several layers), large backpack with rain cover, map and compass, solar protection, flashlight, first aid kit, water and food supplies, camping equipment