Boyle River and St James walkway

Day 128 (Sat 27 March) and day 129 (Sun 28 March): Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre After consulting three different weather forecasts, we concluded that the best days to get over Waiau Pass and Travers Saddle, the two main obstacles in the section ahead, were Thursday and Saturday. We adjusted our itinerary accordingly, checked our foodContinue reading “Boyle River and St James walkway”

Harper Pass – Part 2

Day 126 (Thurs 25 March): Hurunui No 3 hut to Hope Kiwi lodge Started 7.30am, finished 4.10pm, 29k. Pain in the head status: For no good reason, I had the worst  insomnia I can remember on this trip last night. I caught up on a lot of podcasts, including a fascinating investigation into how theContinue reading “Harper Pass – Part 2”

Mingha Deception track

Day 122 (Sun 21 March): Klondyke corner to Goat Pass hut Started 8.20am, finished 1.50pm, 12k. Pain in the head status: Not quite 100% today. Left side of head sore when I woke up and had that dragging migrainous tiredness. I took some simple analgesia with breakfast (and the possibly-placebo-but-no-harm-done ginger tablet) and slowly improvedContinue reading “Mingha Deception track”

Methven to Arthur’s Pass

Day 119 (Thurs 18 March): Methven Pain in the head status: Woke up with a slightly stabbing headache after a long luscious sleep but it came right with breakfast and a dose of ginger and Nurofen. There might be something in these ginger tablets after all. Word of the day: Edacious, having to do withContinue reading “Methven to Arthur’s Pass”

Mt Potts carpark to Double hut

Day 115 (Sun 14 March): Mt Potts campsite to Paddle hill creek camp Started 9.05am, finished 2.50pm, 15k. Pain in the head status: No pain today. Had over an hour of lying awake from about 1.30am, but caught up on some podcasts and eventually drifted back to sleep. The poor sleep did make me lethargicContinue reading “Mt Potts carpark to Double hut”

Stone hut to Mt Potts car park (Rangitata River)

Day 113 (Fri 12 March): Stone hut to camp by Bush Stream roadend (near Rangitata river) Started 7.55am, finished 3.50pm, 16k. Pain in the head status: No headache today. Word of the day: Blepharospasm, eyelid twitch. For the first time in ages, I didn’t sleep very well, thanks in large part to a shooting painContinue reading “Stone hut to Mt Potts car park (Rangitata River)”

Roundhill ski area to Stone hut

Day 111 (Wed 10 March): Roundhill ski area camp to Camp Stream hut Started 8.20am, finished 10.20am, 7k. Pain in the head status: The hiatus continued- until the afternoon. I had just calculated that it was almost a fortnight since the last migraine and was reflecting that I hadn’t had a break like this since…IContinue reading “Roundhill ski area to Stone hut”

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”