Teenager Brando Yelavich has been walking, and occasionally paddling, for 260 days - and he is only halfway to his destination.
The 19-year-old former Cromwell College student, who suffers from dyslexia, has set himself a goal of walking down the west coast of New Zealand and up the east coast.
He is fundraising for the Ronald McDonald House charity, and so far he has raised more than $8000.
Donations can be made through his website.
After 260 days on his feet he has arrived in Invercargill and he reckons he has about 260 days of walking remaining.
"I decided I wanted to do something that would change my life drastically," he said.
He was doing the walk to show that people did not need to be academically smart to achieve things in life.
The Auckland teen ran into trouble and got into drugs, so his parents sent the year 12 student off to Cromwell College as part of the outdoor pursuit programme.
"My parents packed me up and sent me off," he said, laughing.
After leaving school, Mr Yelavich worked at Canterbury Clothing, when he decided he would walk around the country.
He said on arrival in Auckland after his mammoth journey, he would be the first person to have walked around New Zealand.
He had the full support of his mother and father.
"My parents have been amazingly supportive and I don't think I could have done it without them".
He had faced many challenges on his walk down the West Coast: "I was stuck in Milford during the snow and road closure".
Mr Yelavich also paddled the Waiau River in flood and it had taken him only a day to complete the 100-kilometre river trip in an inflatable raft.
During his walk down the west coast he had spoken to more than 20 schools and aimed to do the same on his way back up the east coast.
He has already decided what to do next - write a book about his lengthy walk. This is despite his classmates voting him the least likely to write a book.
Tomorrow, Mr Yelavich, who has been hosted by locals along his journey, will walk into Bluff before beginning his journey up the east coast.
He expects to arrive at the northernmost tip of New Zealand, Cape Reinga, where he began the walk, next winter.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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