Part one of five from this full length programme.
Part two of five from this full length programme.
Part three of five from this full length programme.
Part four of five from this full length programme.
Part five of five from this full length programme.
Te Araroa is a 3000 kilometre, Aotearoa-long walkway. In this Māori Television series, host Pio Terei walks it, sampling “New Zealand experiences”. In this first episode, Terei treks his home turf: the trail’s northernmost stage, from Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Rēinga) to Kaitaia. Pio goes fishing in Ahipara; gets kitted up with a knife, and a kauri tokotoko (walking stick); gets stung by a manuka honey bee; meets the Tarara (NZ Dalmatian) people, and talks mission statements and hangi with members of the hīkoi that "changed the face of the nation" – the 1975 Māori Land March.
It allows Pio to connect with the people and local histories in a very real way, all the while, the unspoilt landscapes hark back to a time when Māori and Pākehā explorers first encountered this land.– Producer Meg Douglas
Made with funding from Te Māngai Pāho
Song 'Blue Trail - Te Araroa' by Geoff Chapple