New Zealand 2020
Thanks for your interest! Here’s a rundown of what this page is about:
Mickey & Michelle are going to walk the length of New Zealand starting this October 2019. This 3000km hike is called Te Araroa, which means ‘The Long Pathway’ in Maori.
To make it more difficult (and fun!) we’re going to bring our instruments and do a musical tour along the way. Yes the idea is a little eccentric, but we wanna give it a go because it combines two passions of ours.
The other aspect of this adventure is raising awareness - Michelle was diagnosed with Osteoporosis when she was 24. This has had a huge impact on her life, and one of the reasons she got into hiking. We hope to inform people that you can get this disease at a young age, and raise awareness that being active can really help to improve/prevent it.
One of the biggest hurdles will be getting our instruments around. We can’t carry them with us as they’re too heavy (Michelle’s harp is 20kg in its flight case!).
We’re hoping to tap into a few networks, including the Trail Angels and Folk Clubs of New Zealand to help us, and also just get the word out there on social media.
So that’s where this space comes into it – we’ll be posting bits of our preparation, music and hiking related, along with fun stuff from past hikes. I guess this is a music/hiking account? Surely that’s a normal cross over?
We also have a newly finished website with all this info and more on it: www.mickeymichelle.com
If you or any of your contacts, especially in New Zealand, are interested and want to help out, please get in touch and/or share this page!
Mickey or Michelle, depending who has more to say on the subject :)