Run Journey Te Araroa

By Jules Watts

My Journey

Starting at the end of December 2018, I will be embarking on a solo running journey from Bluff to Cape Reinga on the Te Araroa trail. I'm pretty sure there will be plenty of walking and a dash of cycling too. I call it a journey as that is what it will be and what it has taken to get to this point.

“A journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step”.

It takes many steps to achieve a journey and it all starts with a single step, whatever our journey is, small steps have big impacts. This is one of my steps. I find it challenging to tell others what I’m doing and what I have done, but one of my goals is to help others achieve theirs. So how can I ask that without first challenging myself. Mental health is a journey and I'm doing this because I believe that Mental Health is a strength, and I want to encourage others to take steps towards their potential. Being a teacher, I have a particular interest in youth education and funding to support these amazing individuals to believe in themselves and build strategies to survive and thrive in our world.

Your donation will help the Mental Health Foundation of NZ provide individuals, workplaces, schools and communities with the tools they need to build positive mental health and wellbeing. I want to raise $3000 for 3000km, so please donate to me today! Every little bit counts!

Thank you to my Supporters


Tricia Johnson

Listening to you today was inspiring. I knew it was time to make a donation. Keep it up!


Leigh Andrews

Good luck Julia. Hope all is going to plan and you are managing to avoid the heatwave!


Cecile Lee

Hope your journey is going well. Will follow your progress on your blog. Have an awesome adventure, looking forward to hearing all about it.


Kate Parker

Such a worthy cause - well done!


Margy Crosby

Ka pai Jules! Kia kaha.


Renate & Uwe Paschke

Good luck, all the best- a very impressive goal to achieve.


Caryl And Deryck Watts

Brilliant Julia! A very worthy cause.


Jane & Stew Pittaway

Looking forward to hearing of your progress up the island. All the best.


Chris & Sharon Denne

Safe travels on your vertical run 🏃‍♀️ of New Zealand 🇳🇿.


Natalie Taft-boddy

Good luck - hope the weather gods are kind to you


Emma Denne

Good luck Jules on your epic adventure! You can do it! You got this!


Oakley Jenneth

All the best with your amazing adventure!


Janelle Trounson

Good luck Jules!!! Enjoy your journey!!! x


Lotte Marshall

Good luck! Looking forward to following your blog x


Margie And Mal Silich

One Step Ahead Jules will get you there. Wishing you tail winds, cool temps and great experiences! Good luck!


Jody Boulding

Good luck Jules! We will be watching your journey at school.


Christine Marks


Lisa And Michael Middleditch

Run Jules run


Gretchen Bristed

Good luck to the Watts family in their next adventure!


Jess Gummer

Good luck Jules. It will be an amazing journey. Kia kaha!


Suzanne Campbell

What a great challenge for you and your folks! Look forward to seeing you in the North next year xx


Miriam Houliston

Good luck on your journey! You're a woman of strength! I'm so inspired by your grit and determination and loving heart!


Brian & Jan Watts


Andrew Watts


Andrew Wood

Let's get these miles sponsored!