Israelis trek in New Zealand in honor of soldier

150 Israeli tourists joined together for a hike in New Zealand to honor memory of Hadar Goldin, at initiative of his twin brother, Tzur.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Hiking for Hadar Goldin
Hiking for Hadar Goldin
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To greet the Jewish month of Adar - on which falls the birthday of slain IDF soldier Hadar Goldin - his twin brother, Tzur, held a special trek for over 150 Israeli tourists traveling in New Zealand. 

Hadar Goldin was killed during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014. His body remains in the hands of Hamas terrorists. 

A large group of Israeli tourists organized the "Path of a Smile" trip in Wanaka, New Zealand in memory of Hadar. 

The trip has already become a tradition along hiking trails in Israel and is held twice a year to commemorate Hadar's dream of trekking along the entire trail. 

Tzur, along with close friends from his pre-military academy and the army, gathered the Israeli tourists for a breathtaking alpine trek along the Rob Roy Track in the Matukituki Valley. 

The trek concluded at Lake Wanaka, where the Israelis joined together in an evening of singing, and playing guitars and harmonicas. 

Tzur Goldin said, "I am proud of all the Israeli travelers who joined this trip. This is a rare experience, Israeli and completely special. We'll see you back in Israel on the "Path of a Smile" on the actual birthday.