South Island Te Araroa Trail

In August 2019, my wife Jenny died a year after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. She was in reasonable health for most of her illness and we travelled when her treatment allowed. Her only regret was that she didn’t have the time to see more of this wonderful country which is now our home. I am making that time now to walk the 1300km (800 miles) of the South Island TA Trail over the next three months and she will be with me all the way!

“….in sickness and in health…”

When I have data connections, I will update you here on my progress and share some of the experience.

If you are feeling generous and want to help future pancreatic cancer patients, please go to the donate page.

Post Trail Update

Three months have passed since I completed the trail. I had no immediate plans on finishing but that was immaterial as Covid-19 restrictions were dictating life for us all, certainly in New Zealand. I heard from the Mary Potter Hospice that the March fundraising appeal letter and email, in which they included Jenny’s and my … Continue reading Post Trail Update

Journey Reflections

24 Mar. My South Island walk had three purposes: me, Jenny and charities. For me it was a transition journey back to some sort of normal life after Jenny’s illness and passing. For Jenny, it was for her spirit to be with me in the natural world she loves. And for charities, it was to … Continue reading Journey Reflections


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