Eiji's Te Araroa Walk appearances on Internet media  インターネット・メディアでの栄治のテ・アラロア・ウォーク紹介

Eiji's Te Araroa walk articles featured by internet media were all very good and well worth reading.

Eiji's fundraising for Routeburn and Dart Wildlife Trust on RDWT website

Otago Daily Times, New Zealand, 14 October 2017

- about what brought Eiji to walk TA and how he was getting on the North Island walk.

Conservation Blog, Department of Conservation, New Zealand, 18 May 2017

- about Eiji's job as a hut warden, why he was walking TA and what he was trying to achieve from his walk

Otago Daily Times, New Zealand, 21 May 2018

- Eiji had a phone interview before he finishes his walk

There was one article on Japanese internet media by Nature New Zealand.  Just the day before of his walk, Eiji had an interview by owner of the web magazine.  A good detailed article with beautiful photos, worth reading if you read Japanese! 


ネイチャーマガジン「Nature New Zealand」による取材記事。自己紹介、TAを歩くに至ったきっかけなど、詳しくインタビューを受けました。


Summary of the South Island (2) 南島総括②

Although not having much chances to see them in the south, I have had some impressive encounters with people.  Meetings with wonderful people encouraged me a lot and pushed my back forward. 

CAITLIN who I accidentally had a reunion at the Charlotte Sound.  

Trampers who I met at Greenstone hut in summer and again at a hut or a backpackers in April: young German TIMO & LISA and RALF & THOMAS, the northbound TA walkers; a US guy DALE who stayed 3 nights together in Arthurs Pass in the bad weather. 

FERNANDA, an Argentinian girl volunteering for a hut warden at Blue Lake hut. 

People who gave me a lift to make a detour at Rakaia and Rangitata rivers: CHRIS, MATT, IAN and DAVID. 

78 year-old LEO and his friend STEPHEN who stayed at Slaty hut when traversing Richmond Ranges. They told me an interesting story about their friend Rob Birkes.  Rob had shifted from UK 40 years ago and became successful in farming after a lot of hard-works.  He has been enjoying tramping all through his life in NZ and wanted to do something to contribute NZ tramping culture.  He built Waiau hut on the south of Waiau pass using his own money.  I stayed the hut on my way and got a benefit from his contribution.

A SPECIAL NOTE goes to those who have been following me for up to 11 months since we have started “Keep on, Keepin’ on - Eiji’s Te Araroa Walk” on Facebook in August 2017.  I believe YOUR encouragements DID HELP me walk the whole length of New Zealand. 

- Thanks again and best wishes from Eiji Kitai.




  最後になりますが、2017年8月に始めたフェイスブックページ「Keep on Keepin' on - Eiji's Te Araroa Walk」を、11か月の長きにわたり応援して下さった皆さん、本当にありがとうございました。NZ縦断を完歩することができたのは、ひとえに皆さんのご支援の賜物です。           北井 栄治

Summary of the South Island (1) 南島総括①

In the North Island, it took me 62 days with no zero days to walk 1,734km, average 28km/day.  In the South, I took longer time to achieve the goal (63 days to walk 1,307km with 5 zero days, average 21km) because of time of the year (shorter daylights), terrain of the route (more alpine sections) and bad weather (rain and snow). 

In the North Island, I camped 31 nights, but only 12 nights in the tent in the South Island, where DOC huts were more abundant.  I stayed indoors such as DOC huts and backpackers for 50 nights.  Total cost for accommodation in the South Island was $578, not much difference with one of the North Island ($560), because I had a annual hut pass of DOC that allowed me to stay most of the DOC huts with no additional cost. 

When started from Ship Cove, the northern end of the South Island, I often passed by other walkers walking up from the southern end and had a chance to exchange information.  However I did not see any other TA walkers at all since having met Ralf and Thomas in Arthurs Pass.  Also did not come across anyone who were walking north down to south because of time of the year.  Trail in the South Island did not pass towns very often so I have spent most of time on my own.  Therefore I did appreciate friendship of Mike and Kiyomi who walked Motatapu track with me, and kindness of Charlie who offered me to stay at his place on the cold night after having come out from Takitimu Mountains.

 北島1,734kmを歩いた時は、休息日 (ゼロ・デー) なしで62日間、一日平均28kmのペースだったが、南島では1,307kmの距離を5日間のゼロ・デーを含む63日間、平均21km弱と、かなりペースダウンした。一つには日照時間が短い時季だったこと、そして道路歩きの部分が北島に比べ少なく、南島では山間部の登り下りが多いこと、悪天候で動けない日があったことなどが理由として考えられる。



South Island FINAL DAY, 07/06/18 〜 南島最終日・2018年6月7日

Got up at 6:00.  Chiharu drove me to the sewage disposal where I’ve finished waking yesterday and started walking a cycle way with a daypack on a head torch.  Got to State Highway 1 at 9:00 and walked shoulder of the road 16 km towards Bluff. Not very comfy to walk the narrow shoulder with lots of large lollies passing by. 

Was an overcast day.  The last 7km after the entrance of Bluff township was supposed to follow on Foveaux Walkway, but it’s been closed since last Feb.  According to the signage, went on the State Highway 1 for another 2km and walked through the township to 265m high Bluff Hill.  After this point the route followed on a track that goes down to south along the coastline towards the goal, Sterling Point. 

Chiharu and Mike & Kiyomi, who walked Motatapu Track together, waited there for me and achieved the goal emotionally.  Had an overwhelmingly happy moment, and took some photos romping around the sign pole totally ignoring the tourists around!  

Went to Oyster Cove Restaurant nearby.  Registered for completion of TA and was received a medal. Had a big surprise from Mike & Kiyomi.  They have showed me a receipt of $1,000 donation for Routeburn Dart Wilderness Trust.  The amount of donation made me speechless.  Could not match with their act of generosity and felt deep obligation to them... 

After enjoying lunch, they went fishing in Colac Bay and we headed up home to Queenstown.  63-day journey in the South Island has closed the curtains with a better ending than expected.  

Thanks millions ALL OF YOU who are following me on my Facebook page and this blog for your warm encouragement and support!! 

Walked 6 hours, 30km today.  

Total distance walked in the South Island 1,307km.  
Total of the North and South Islands 3,041km.









Eiji's Te Araroa Walk appearances on Internet media  インターネット・メディアでの栄治のテ・アラロア・ウォーク紹介

Eiji's Te Araroa walk articles featured by internet media were all very good and well worth reading. Eiji's fundraising for Rout...