Youngest Kids to Walk the Length of New Zealand

Youngest Kids to Walk the Length of New Zealand
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Unconventional education methods have increasingly hit the mainstream. Many families now choose to educate their children through World Schooling, Home Schooling, Montessori establishments, and in the case of the Rapsey family, “immersive education” (not the gaming type). Parents Jorinde and Chris Rapsey chose New Zealand’s Te Araroa Trail as a six-month classroom for nine-year-old Elizabeth and seven-year-old Jonathan, who have now become the youngest people to walk the length of New Zealand. The Te Araroa Trail meanders 3,000km from Cape Reinga, at the top of New Zealand’s North Island, to Bluff, at the bottom of the South Island. Since it opened in late 2011, Te Araroa has attracted around 1,000 trampers annually. Unlike its long-distance cousins around the world, such as El Camino in Northern Spain or the Pacific Crest Trail in the US, Te Araroa’s route isn’t entirely marked.... .... Continue Reading at Explorers Web



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