by Greta Yeoman
A British adventurer will be in Twizel later this month to support her book about the 3000km solo run she undertook on Te Araroa Trail.
Adventurer Anna McNuff will be at the Twizel Bookshop on December 13 to promote her book, The Pants of Perspective
She took on the trail – which links together tramping tracks from the bottom of the South Island to the top of the North Island – over 148 days in 2015.
McNuff ran up to 50km per day with a backpack weighing up to 20kg and became the first person, male or female, to run the length of New Zealand entirely unsupported.
She has been named by The Guardian as one of the top female adventurers of the present day, was included in a list of the 50 most influential travellers in the world by magazine Conde Nast Travellerand is the UK ambassador for Girl Guides.
The trail in South Canterbury winds past Lake Ohau, follows several South Canterbury hydro canals, takes in part of State Highway 8 and traverses up the gravel ski road beside Lake Tekapo – used by visitors to Roundhill Ski Area.
Trampers then rejoin the track-based trail to stay at Camp Stream, Royal and Crooked Spur huts on the Two Thumb Range, before coming over the range down to the Rangitata River.
Trampers then follow the road out to Peel Forest and back into the end of the road at Potts River, where they rejoin the trail and head north.
Along with running Te Araroa, McNuff’s first book 50 Shades of the USAfollowed her 2013 seven-month trip cycling more than 17,700km through all 50 American states.
She was also part of a female cycling duo that spent 184 days pedalling through Bolivia, Chile and Argentina in 2016.