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”

Te Anau to Greenstone hut (Mavora track)

Day 93 (Sat 20 Feb): Te Anau to Boundary hut Started 10.25am, finished 2.35pm, 16k. Pain in the head status: No pain as such in the morning but fuzzy headed and dopey. By the afternoon, was dopey and heavy eyed, so took a Nurofen, tried a ginger tablet and had a nap before dinner. ThatContinue reading “Te Anau to Greenstone hut (Mavora track)”

Lower Princhester hut to Te Anau

Day 91 (Thurs 18 Feb): Lower Princhester hut to Te Anau Started 7.05am, finished 8.20am, 6k. Pain in the head status: No pain and a beautiful sleep. I read an article today about how ginger capsules can work well in treating migraine- I’ve never heard of this or tried them, so bought some from theContinue reading “Lower Princhester hut to Te Anau”

Telford campsite to Lower Princhester hut (Takitimus)

Day 89 (Tues 16 Feb): Telford campsite to Aparima hut (Takitimu ranges) Started 7.45am, finished 4.45pm, 21k. Pain in the head status: The migraine amnesty continues which is amazing. When I have a run of migraine-free days like this, I feel like a different person, full of energy, able to think clearly and focus. LifeContinue reading “Telford campsite to Lower Princhester hut (Takitimus)”

Merrivale to Telford campsite

Day 87 (Sun 14 Feb): Merrivale to Birchwood Station Started 7.45am, finished 3.55pm, 26k. Pain in the head status: No pain, even after disturbed sleep from Julian’s snoring – the joys of hut living. Word of the day: Amative, pertaining to love, amorous. Tramping is not an amative activity, hence Valentine’s day was only celebratedContinue reading “Merrivale to Telford campsite”