RNZ: The Long Way Home

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Bruce Hopkins takes his father and brother's ashes back home to Stewart Island. But he’s taking the long way there; walking the length of New Zealand on Te Araroa trail.

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Haere ra

May 20th, 2018


The final episode of The Long Way Home.


May 13th, 2018


Is this it? Has Bruce Hopkins finally made it all the way home?

Southland Slog

May 6th, 2018


Bruce Hopkins does not love the mud in Southland.

Come On Over

April 30th, 2018


Bruce Hopkins is still hoping he'll meet Shania Twain. It's not looking likely.

Going for the Record

April 23rd, 2018


Weddings and wading knee-deep in snow on the way to Wanaka...it's been a bit of a week for Bruce Hopkins.

Ford Every Stream

April 16th, 2018


50 rivers in one day? That's nothing for Bruce Hopkins.

Reaching the Topp

April 9th, 2018


Bruce meets up with some hunters in the hills before finding a long lost friend and then dropping in on Lynda Topp.

The Big Three

April 2nd, 2018


Bruce Hopkins ticks off the last of three big challenges on Te Araroa.

Eat All the Pizza!

March 26th, 2018


Bruce Hopkins begins his crossing of Waiau pass, but is dreaming of other things.

The Smell of Fear

March 19th, 2018


As he traverses the Richmond Ranges, Bruce Hopkins solves an age-old mystery.

Late Starts and Duck Farts

March 12th, 2018


The big climb begins! Bruce takes on the Richmond Ranges.

Queen of the Cicadas

March 5th, 2018


Bruce Hopkins is in Te Wai Pounamu, beginning the second leg of Te Araroa.

A Tumble in the Tararuas

February 26th, 2018


At last Bruce finishes off the North Island section of Te Araroa Trail - but not without a close shave in the tops of the Tararuas.

Whanganui Whanau

February 19th, 2018


Bruce Hopkins spends five fabulous days on the Whanganui River. He finds some amazing friends and (not-so-amazingly) retains his reputation for …

Mist and Magnificence

February 12th, 2018


Bruce Hopkins takes on the Tongariro Crossing against the flow of trampers coming the other way. Produced by Bruce Hopkins and Justin Gregory. Executive producer Tim Watkin

As if the Jigsaw Puzzle Wasn't Hard Enough

February 5th, 2018


Bruce Hopkins fills in more of the bits he has missed on the Te Araroa trail.

Dances with Bulls

January 29th, 2018


After an extended layoff Bruce is given a roaring send off when he resumes his journey.

A Bit of a Dogleg

January 22nd, 2018


Bruce Hopkins faces yet another setback. This one might be a bit more serious.

A Bit of a Jigsaw Puzzle

January 15th, 2018


Bruce Hopkins fills in some of the missing pieces of Te Araroa jigsaw puzzle.

Another World

January 8th, 2018


4th generation Stewart Islander Bruce Hopkins chats to 3rd generation Islander Colleen Hopkins - his mum.

The 1000 Yard Stare

January 1st, 2018


Bruce Hopkins takes time out from walking Te Araroa to catch up with RNZ producer Justin Gregory.

I'll Be Home For Christmas

December 25th, 2017


Bruce Hopkins beds down in a DOC Hut - in someone's backyard! Produced by Bruce Hopkins and Justin Gregory.

Hop, Skip and Jump

December 18th, 2017


Bruce Hopkins hunkers down in Te Kuiti and meets a couple with a fascinating tale to tell. Produced by Bruce Hopkins and Justin Gregory. Executive Producer Tim Watkins.

High and Dry

December 11th, 2017


Bruce has a brainwave - but it's a bit too late. Produced by Bruce Hopkins and Justin Gregory. Executive Producer Tim Watkins.

Have You Seen My Father and Brother

December 4th, 2017


On a rest day in Auckland, disaster strikes when Bruce loses something irreplaceable.

Take Two

November 27th, 2017


After a frustrating injury break, Bruce Hopkins is back on the trail once more, beginning again from where he was forced to stop.

Blue and Fortunate Water

November 20th, 2017


While he recovers from injury, Bruce recalls a conversation with Te Araroa founder Geoff Chapple.


November 13th, 2017


After an accident on the trail, The Long Way Home gets just that little bit longer for Bruce Hopkins.

Lost and Found

November 6th, 2017


Bruce meets old friends and new on the trail south of Russell but an unexpected event puts the future in doubt.

Four Forests in Four Days

October 30th, 2017


Dreaming of ginger beer and ice cream, Bruce climbs the high hills of the Northland forests to get back to his old home in the Bay of Islands. …

90 Mile Beach

October 23rd, 2017


With a heavy pack and a lot of nerves, Bruce is underway, measuring the length of 90 Mile Beach and recalling dangerous days fishing off the Northland coast.

The Long Way Home

October 16th, 2017


Whenua, whakapapa, whanau. Bruce Hopkins walks Te Araroa to take his father and brother's ashes back home to Stewart Island. Produced by Bruce Hopkins and Justin Gregory.

The Long Way Home - Coming Soon!

October 12th, 2017


Whenua, whakapapa, whanau. In a new podcast series available from 16 October, Bruce Hopkins walks Te Araroa to take his father and brother's ashes back home to Stewart Island. Here's a quick taste.

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