Hospice New Zealand

The Great NZ Tractor Trek

18 February - 09 March 2018


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When Phil Aish’s much loved wife Janice died a year after being diagnosed with cancer, Phil organised a cavalcade of vintage tractors, jeeps and trucks to trek 2000k from Bluff to Cape Reinga to raise funds for hospices across the country. Not only did the event raise nearly $100,000, but Phil and his supporters captured the hearts of people right across New Zealand.

And in 2018, Phil and his friends are at it again!

In her last days, my wife and I discussed how we could repay in some small measure the enormous debt of gratitude we owed to hospice and their many volunteers. After listening to me thinking about the practicalities of a fund-raising tractor-trek, my wife simply said: “Do it!” So in planning this trek I see the fulfilment of my promise to my darling wife and her legacy to those who cared for her.” - Phil Aish

2018 Itinerary

12 Feb    Invercargill to Bluff return (65km)
13 Feb    Bluff to Athol (111km)
14 Feb    Athol to Lake Hawea via the Nevis Pass (170km)
15 Feb    Lake Hawea to Haast (150km)
16 Feb    Haast to Franz Josef (146km)
17 Feb    Franz Josef to Greymouth (171km)
18 Feb    Greymouth to Westport (103km)
19 Feb    Westport to St Arnaud (157km)
20 Feb    St Arnard to Blenheim (110km)
21 Feb    Blenheim to Wellington (60km)
22 Feb    Wellington to Masterton (160km)
23 Feb    Masterton to Porongahau (154km)
24 Feb    Porongahau to Napier (113km)
25 Feb    Napier to Morere (157km)
26 Feb    Morere to Matawai (113km)
27 Feb    Matawai to Ohope (108km)
28 Feb    Ohope to Ngongataha (100km)
01 Mar    Ngongataha to Miranda (153km)
02 Mar    Miranda to Auckland (75km)
03 Mar    Rest!
04 Mar    Auckland to Pahi Beach (148km)
05 Mar    Pahi Beach to Kaihu (90km)
06 Mar    Kaihu to Kohukohu (87km)
07 Mar    Kohukohu to Pukenui (103km)
08 Mar    Pukenui to Cape Reinga (73km)
09 Mar    Kaitaia - Trek disbands

Phil, we are in awe of this wonderful tribute to Janice, and we are so very grateful to you and everyone involved in The Great NZ Tractor Trek for raising both funds and awareness of hospice services across the country.

To support this wonderful event and find out more, visit The Great NZ Tractor Trek on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NZTractorTrek/. To make a donation, please click here.


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