In 2016, over 275,000 Camino pilgrims received their Camino compostella certificates and many more having walked the last leg of the Camino de Santiago. Considered the Mecca of pilgrimages for Christians and non-Christians alike, every year a growing contingent of antipodean pilgrims arrive from Australia & NZ to walk the ‘Way’ in order to receive their certificates but more importantly to accomplish the physically taxing feat in order to seek answers to life’s most important questions. Most Australians and New Zealanders walk the 800km ‘French way’, which begins in the French Basque town of St-Jean-Pied-de-Port and finishes in the Spanish town of Santiago de Compostella where pilgrims receive their final stamp and certificates marking the 29 major towns they have passed along the way.
In 2018, we are aiming to take six experienced and inexperienced antipodean pilgrims on a journey back to the Camino in order to gain insight into what drives them to come back again and again for this spiritual pilgrimage. From Perth to Christchurch, we will bring together the most passionate group of ANZAC Camino pilgrims ever assembled and observe their likeminded personalities working together to achieve the same goal. As the pilgrims set off from Perth, Brisbane, Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch we learn their individual stories and see the effect the month long journey has on their families.