Lake Tekapo to camp near Roundhill ski area

Day 109 (Mon 8 March): Lake Tekapo We spent the morning planning how and when to get across the Rangitata and Rakaia rivers, both large braided river systems that Te Araroa does not cross, designating them as ‘hazard zones’ and leaving hikers with the quandary of how bespoke get around them, as the nearest bridgesContinue reading “Lake Tekapo to camp near Roundhill ski area”

Lake Ruataniwha to Lake Tekapo

Day 107 (Sat 6 March): Lake Ohau to Lake Ruataniwha Started sometime around 9.30am, finished sometime around 1.30pm, 35k (by bike). Pain in the head status: Nothing – hallelujah! Word of the day: Bespoke, made to order. By the time we got going, yesterday’s rain had retreated from Lake Ohau, and the dense clouds liftedContinue reading “Lake Ruataniwha to Lake Tekapo”

Top Timaru hut to Lake Ohau

Day 105 (Thurs 4 March): Top Timaru hut to East Ahuriri hut Started 7.50am, finished 6.25pm, 34k. Pain in the head status: No pain. Unreal. Word of the day: Rhapsodic, enthusiastic or ecstatic expression of feeling. All the trampers we saw today had a singular focus – getting across the Ahuriri River, the largest unbridgedContinue reading “Top Timaru hut to Lake Ohau”

Lake Hawea to Top Timaru hut

Day 103 (Tues 2 March): Lake Hawea to Stody hut (Breast Hill track) Started 7.15am, finished 3.20pm, 23k. Pain in the head status: No pain – I thought I might suffer as had a disturbed night’s sleep with the couple in the room next to us at the hostel conducting an opera of snores allContinue reading “Lake Hawea to Top Timaru hut”

Wanaka to Lake Hawea

Day 101 (Sun 28 Feb): Wanaka Today I said goodbye to my dearly beloved Mountain Design gaiters, that have been my faithful tramping companions for many many years, protecting my legs from malicious undergrowth, my feet from sticks and stones and my boots from rain and sodden grass. I’ve been searching for another pair forContinue reading “Wanaka to Lake Hawea”

Te Araroa Book Review

The pants of perspective, by Anna McNuff. This book recounts the adventures of a British lass who ran the TA in 2015 from Bluff to Cape Reinga, taking considerably longer than Kiwi nurse Brooke Thomas, who completed the trail this year in 57 days and 10 hours. To be fair, Brooke was ‘supported’ (family andContinue reading “Te Araroa Book Review”

Roses hut (Motatapu track) to Wanaka

Day 99 (Fri 26 Feb): Roses hut to Fern Burn hut Started 7.50am, finished 4.20pm, 16k. Pain in the head status: No pain during the day but woke up around 10pm with a thumper. I’ve found these types of headache usually respond best to a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, but it was a long time since dinnerContinue reading “Roses hut (Motatapu track) to Wanaka”

Queenstown to Roses hut (Motatapu track)

Day 97 (Wed 24 Feb): Queenstown to Arrowtown Started 7.25am, finished 2.20pm, 29k. Pain in the head status: No pain. It feels like a long time since the last migraine. As usual, I have no idea why or what I’m doing right, that’s different from what I’ve been doing the last few months. I’ll enjoyContinue reading “Queenstown to Roses hut (Motatapu track)”

Greenstone hut to Queenstown

Day 95 (Mon 22 Feb): Greenstone hut to Queenstown Started 6.50am, finished 9.55am, 12k. Pain in the head status: No pain but tired; didn’t sleep well for no identifiable reason. Everything feels harder when you haven’t slept so well. Word of the day: Elysian, of or like paradise. We were up early, eating breakfast andContinue reading “Greenstone hut to Queenstown”

When not to walk Te Araroa

Warning: You might want to avoid walking Te Araroa in the following circumstances If you don’t like bugs – crawling on you, biting you, flying into your food, flying into your mouth, riding on your pack or hat or sunglasses; or if you don’t like the feel of walking through spider webs and having stickyContinue reading “When not to walk Te Araroa”