In December, 10 courageous Blind Foundation clients, one volunteer, three Blind Foundation staff, and superstar guide dogs Dendi, took on the challenge of hiking through some of the best bush tracks New Zealand has to offer.

This was the first time a guide dog had been taken on the Tarawera Trail much to the delight of the staff at Totally Tarawea.

Dendi was an amazing support through all different terrains. They were a big part of the team and created awareness for everyone else around.

Dendi joined participants as they tramped 11.5km through The Redwoods-Whakarewarewa Forrest, 15.5kms on the Tarawera Trail and as they went, they discovered some of the town’s famous geothermal activity.

Recreation and community advisor, Latesha Sharp, on behalf of all participants would like to thank Totally Tarawera staff who played a big role in the success of the tramp.  Their team really enhanced the experience through all their support on the journey getting everyone to the start of the walk. They provided a fantastic history talk about the area, as well as transport via a water taxi ride to the trails and helped with access on and off the boat.

The tramp gave all participants a sense of achievement, everyone who participated was pushed to their physical limits and had a thoroughly good time doing it.