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Bewildered : leaving everything behind for 3000km in the wilds of New Zealand / Laura Waters.

Bewildered : leaving everything behind for 3000km in the wilds of New Zealand / Laura Waters.

What would move you to ditch your life and take off into the wild for six months? For Melbourne woman Laura Waters, it took the implosion of a toxic relationship and a crippling bout of anxiety. Armed with a compass, a paper map and as much food as she could carry, she set out to walk the untamed landscapes of New Zealand’s Te Araroa track, 3000 kilometres of raw, wild, mountainous trail winding from the top of the North Island to the frosty tip of the South Island. But when her walking partner dropped out on the first day, she was faced with a choice: abandon the journey and retreat to the safety of home, or throw caution to the wind and continue on – alone. She chose to walk on. For six months, she battled not only treacherous mountain ridges and river crossings, but also the demons of self-doubt and anxiety, and the shadow of an emotionally abusive relationship. At the end of Te Araroa (‘the long pathway’, as it is translated from Maori) it was the hardearned insights into mental health, emotional wellbeing and fulfilling relationships – with others as well as with herself – that were Laura’s greatest accomplishments. She emerged ‘rewilded’, and it transformed her life.

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Adult Non Fiction   Moruya . . Available .  
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Shelf Location B WATE
Author Waters, Laura
Title Bewildered : leaving everything behind for 3000km in the wilds of New Zealand / Laura Waters.
Publication Details South Melbourne, Victoria : Affirm Press, 2019.
Description vii, 278 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits ; 24 cm.
Notes What would move you to ditch your life and take off into the wild for six months? For Melbourne woman Laura Waters, it took the implosion of a toxic relationship and a crippling bout of anxiety. Armed with a compass, a paper map and as much food as she could carry, she set out to walk the untamed landscapes of New Zealand’s Te Araroa track, 3000 kilometres of raw, wild, mountainous trail winding from the top of the North Island to the frosty tip of the South Island. But when her walking partner dropped out on the first day, she was faced with a choice: abandon the journey and retreat to the safety of home, or throw caution to the wind and continue on – alone. She chose to walk on. For six months, she battled not only treacherous mountain ridges and river crossings, but also the demons of self-doubt and anxiety, and the shadow of an emotionally abusive relationship. At the end of Te Araroa (‘the long pathway’, as it is translated from Maori) it was the hardearned insights into mental health, emotional wellbeing and fulfilling relationships – with others as well as with herself – that were Laura’s greatest accomplishments. She emerged ‘rewilded’, and it transformed her life.
Subject Waters, Laura -- Travel -- New Zealand
Waters, Laura -- Mental health
Hiking -- New Zealand -- Anecdotes
Walking -- New Zealand -- Anecdotes
Trails -- New Zealand
Man-woman relationships -- Anecdotes
Anxiety -- Patients -- Australia -- Anecdotes
New Zealand -- Description and travel
Te Araroa (N.Z. : Trail)
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