Te Araroa Speaking Tour Wrap-Up and CONTEST!!!

We were so happy with the outcome of New Zealand's Te Araroa Speaking Tour! We are so grateful to all our friends and family that came out to support us. We are also so appreciative of our sponsors for the support/giveaways. Thank you Hi-Tec, GSI Outdoors, Gregory, Superfeet, Big Agnes, Sawyer, Princeton Tec and Therm-a-rest. During our 8 stops, we gave away more than $8,600 in outdoor gear because of them!! Unbelievable!

In total, we had 374 people attend the presentations, for an average of 46 people per stop! Sign ups for every stop were maxed out and we were pretty much at room/space capacity for each. Of course our biggest event was in Denver with 133 people.

I said this already once, but we love talking about our passions and we get so much energy from the audiences. We initially thought most people coming out would be interested in the trail itself, but we had a great mix of people who had been to New Zealand and were coming to relive their memories and those dreaming of going to New Zealand. To our surprise, we did not meet anyone else who completed the whole TA (a few sectioners), nor did we have a single Kiwi (native New Zealander) in our audience!

The tour was so successful, we hope to do a second tour at some point, but that's TBD.

If you didn't get to attend, don't worry, you still have a chance to win some of the great gear from the tour in our ONLINE GIVEAWAY!!! There will be TWO winners and both prize packs are sweet, if I do say so myself.

The grand prize winner will receive about $275 in gear:
Gregory Sidekick pack
Hi-Tec gift card
Superfeet gift card
Sawyer Mini Filter
Princeton Tec Amp Light
GSI collapsable water bottles
GSI Trowel
GSI Kung Foon
Big Agnes Coozies

The second place winner will receive about $70 in gear: 
Gregory Sidekick pack
GSI collapsable water bottles
GSI Trowel
GSI Camp Cutlery
Princeton Tec Pulsar Keychain Light
Big Agnes Coozies

I am forgoing our old ways of picking a winner out of a hat and using Rafflecopter (a free service) to host the contest. What this means is all entries will run through this widget below; Rafflecopter will collect your name and e-mail address and randomly select our 2 winners! So please remember to use the Rafflecopter widget (below) for all entries! 

So here are the details:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Our winners are announced here!


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