Te Araroa

Walking New Zealand's 3,000-Kilometre Trail

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By Mark Watson
Format Paperback / softback
Page Extent 224
Book Size 280 x 230 x 20
Imprint New Holland Publishers
Release Date 1/11/2015

In January 2015 Mark Watson left sunny Cape Reinga to walk and photograph the length of Te Araroa. The journey would take him nearly six months, through constantly changing landscape, geology, and many different kinds of forest.
He walked urban pathways, farm tracks, beaches, roads, regional and national parks and reached Bluff amid winter storms in July.

Mark's visual record of the trails scenery is presented in nine geographic sections matching the structure of the trail, with introductory text and captioned photographs to describe the landscape, diversity, culture and history of each region.

Te Araroa, the long trail, was established by Geoff Chapple and officially opened in December 2011 by Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae. Mark Watson's book features a Foreword by Geoff Chapple, founder, Te Araroa.



Mark Watson

Lyttelton-based photographer Mark Watson has spent most of his life tramping, climbing and cycling among the hills and ranges of New Zealand and also extensively overseas. While landscape photography is his mainstay Mark also shoots adventure and travel.  Up until 2009 Mark spent the better part of a decade working for NZ Alpine Club as editor and designer of their various publications and is currently a contributing photographer and writer for wilderness magazine. Mark's first book 'Our Mountains' with writer Paul Hersey was also published by New Holland.