Howdy! We are Jeff (TBD) and Sarah (Filibuster or Fili), and we are hiking (tramping, as the Kiwis say) the South Island Te Araroa NoBo in New Zealand. We have put cramped cubicles and fluorescent lighting on hold while we travel the globe for a year-ish in search of adventure, awesome trails, great beer, and decent coffee (tea for Sarah). We are relatively experienced backpackers, but Te Araroa is our first thru-hike. We are also as far from hardcore backpackers as we think we can possibly be. Jeff carries quite a bit of (un)necessary electronics with him, and Sarah struggles with her pack’s total weight (it might have something to do with having a first aid kit that has her ready for any potential mega disaster). We also find ourselves to be the last people to reach various campsites; not sure if that's because we are slow or everyone else is superhuman (leaning towards the latter). We hope you enjoy our adventures as well as lessons learned :) If you want to check out more and join us on the trail, follow us on Instagram, visit our website, or peruse our YouTube channel. //// adventuresofjeffandsarah.com ////// youtube.com/@adventuresofjeffandsarah
In the Beginning: Bluff to Riverton | Te Araroa NoBo Part 1
Jeff and Sarah start the Te Araroa trail with a bang! Well, more like a pop. Regardless, they did start the hike. There are pictures and videos to prove it.
The Adventures of Jeff and Sarah | Nice to Meet You! | Te Araroa NoBo Edition
Well, hello there! We are Jeff and Sarah, and we are hiking the Te Araroa Trail NoBo. Here is some random trivia about us
Physical Fitness | How to Hulk Out Before a Thru-Hike
How to prepare physically for a thru-hike. Jeff and Sarah spend 7 weeks in the US sweating and pumping iron in an attempt to make Te Araroa a little more doable.
The Long Path Ahead | Te Araroa NoBo
Sarah and Jeff are at the midpoint of their sabbatical and will soon leave the U.S. and head to New Zealand for Te Araroa. They have closed an exciting chapter after being in Europe for the fall and since being back have spent time with loved ones and catching up on adulting. As they're preparing for the next chapter abroad, a spectrum of emotions arise as well as obvious excitement for tramping (hiking for kiwis) throughout South Island.