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Alex's 3000km Walk

Thursday, February 08, 2018

We live a long way from any major cities so it’s always nice when family visit, and it’s extra special when one of them has walked all the way here from the top of the North Island.

Tandem instructor JT’s cousin, Alex Winiata, is three months into his 3000km trek from Cape Reinga to Bluff and he took a bit of detour to visit JT and do a skydive.

While Alex has done one previous skydive in the North Island, this one was a little different.

“This skydive was easily ten times better,” says Alex. “You’ve got Mount Cook, the glaciers, the sea and it was fun with JT. We played paper, scissors, rock while in the air.”

Alex is walking the length of New Zealand on the Te Araroa Trail and raising funds and awareness along the way for prevention of teen suicide with 100% of the money he raises going to charity. Surprisingly the walking hasn’t been the hardest part of the journey.

“The walking’s not hard physically, it’s about 20km per day or five to six hours,” says Alex. “It’s the mental part, sometimes it sucks walking up a mountain and I’m not feeling enthused. But the upside is that I’ve seen something amazing every single day.”

It hasn’t all been plain sailing, Alex was run over near Picton while sleeping in his tent at a campground.

“I was totally asleep when a tourist in his car reversed over my tent,” says Alex. “I was lucky that I only got a sore shoulder and my sponsor replaced my damaged gear. The driver gave me a bottle of wine before driving off.”

Other memorable moments have included the beauty of the Nelson Lakes areas where Alex says he spent time alone viewing waterfalls and the clearest water in the world. The other thing that has struck him has been the welcoming from strangers.

“I’ve met so many people along the way and lots of people want to get involved,” says Alex. “I might be in some random town I’ve never been to before and within 20 minutes someone has offered me a place to stay or camp. A lot of people my age don’t have much money but help in other ways.”

You can check out Alex’s Walk For Life here:


~ All the best with your walk for life Alex, it was great having you here and thanks for skydiving with us