Stefan Fairweather, a 42 year old resident of Christchurch walked the 3000km Te Araroa trail between February and May this year. He started at Cape Reinga on February 1st and made Wellington 56 days later. After a brief period of R&R in the capital, he headed over to Picton and spent the next 42 days walking to Bluff. Aside from some food parcels sent ahead, a few dollars on his EFTPOS card and a very supportive wife, Stefan did the walk completely self supported. In this two-part talk, he will first talk about the many joys of planning such a walk. This required the purchase of toys such as a food dehydrator, and a packraft from the USA which he used on the Northland estuaries and Whanganui River. He will talk about the highlights of his two-month North Island odyssey including the kauri forests of the north, Pureora forest in the Waikato, the Whanganui River and the Tararua Ranges. Stefan will talk about the South Island section of his Te Araroa walk in early 2018.