Mark, Alexis and Lydia at Te Wae Wae Bay, happy after seeing some new faces and eating their first fresh food in a few weeks. 

Mark, Alexis and Lydia at Te Wae Wae Bay, happy after seeing some new faces and eating their first fresh food in a few weeks. 

UPDATE: We did it! We reached the South Coast on Friday 24th February 2017, spit out into gentle surf in our Koaro packrafts by the Waitutu River. We were rewarded at long last for sticking out the terrible weather Huey meted out all summer with two weeks of sunshine and some genuine scorchers! We'll be bringing the blog up-to-date over the coming weeks, so stay tuned. Thank you for your following our adventure and a huge thank-you from the whole team to all the friends and family who supported us along the way!

Hi, we're Alexis, Allan, Lydia and Mark - on a journey to traverse Te Waka O Maui, Aotearoa.

Click here to see the team's current position

(location points are generally updated every two hours when we're on the move)

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Our aim is to complete a full traverse of the South Island of New Zealand, from Farewell Spit to Foveaux Strait.

Our intended route will follow the dominant mountain ranges, and travel along the main divide, from Nelson Lakes National Park to the Hollyford River.

Along the way, as time and conditions allow, we will be attempting some of the more dominant peaks on the island. Particular priorities include remote peaks such as Mts Whitcombe, Elie De Beaumont, Fettes and Destiny and Climax peaks as well as some of New Zealand’s most famous peaks such as Aoraki/Mt Cook and Tititea/Mt Aspiring.

We intend to paddle the length of Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri, and to finish our journey by packrafting out of Long Sound to Puysegur Point, in the remote southwestern extremity of the island.

If you'd like to make a donation to our expedition, we have a givealittle page here. Cheers!