There were also people who walked one of the Islands and section hikers too. We felt as if we were part of a small community and were keen to meet and follow the progress of our fellow TA trampers.
The Te Araroa is a personal journey and people choose their own way to undertake the trail. Of the 16 of us some decided that if they could they would hitch-hike road margins, others that they would skip some sections, some kayaked on rivers and others walked every footstep even if that meant walking extra distance on roads.
This is the list of the other 2011/12 thru- trampers and links their blogs.
Paul Adams - Australian
Kenyan Metford - Australian
'freebird' - American
Charlie Barran - British / Australian
Flore Lasne and Ludovic Lemoine - both French
Brad Hankins - American
Brian Tanzman and Annie Gustafson - both American
Richard Wagner - American
Billy Blohm - American
Kuldeep Nandurkar - Indian
Matt Arbo and Seth Elliot - both American
Rob and Deb
Walked the trail over two seasons.
If I have missed anyone off the list sorry and please let me know.