Stefan Fairweather

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Wanaka Mountain Book 1: Words & Wine Sunday June 30



Stefan Fairweather took 6 months off work as a GP to walk Te Araroa from Cape Reinga to Bluff.  His book North to South weaves his life experiences and philosophy into his account of the journey in a thoughtful and entertaining manner. North to South is shortlisted in the Book competition at the 2019 NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival.

Originally from Hamilton, Stefan’s interest in hiking started on Mt Pirongia when he belonged to a local Scout group more than 30 years ago. He joined the Junior Naturalist (not naturist) Club and had further tramping experiences near Kawhia and the Coromandel. For several of his university summer holidays, he hitchhiked around the South Island, hiking in Nelson Lakes, Kahurangi, Westland, Arthur’s Pass and Mt Cook National Parks.

After graduating with a degree in biology, he left NZ and spent nine years overseas. Mountains and hiking were often the inspiration to visit places and consequently he has hiked in Morocco, Nepal, Slovakia, Malaysia, Canada, Poland, India, USA and Japan. Since returning to NZ and embarking upon a medical career, he has continued his adventures in the mountains as much as he can, including leading adventures with other mountain-loving folk.

Te Araroa was Stefan’s first long distance hike (but not his last) and North to South is his first book. He works as a GP and lives in Christchurch with his wife and an anxious cat.