Mangatepopo stream to Tongariro National Park

Day 53 (Fri 1 Jan – Happy New Year): Mangatepopo stream campsite to Tongariro National Park Started at 8.15am, reached campsite 12.30pm, 11k Pain in the head status: Woke in the night and in the morning with a nasty headache but it went off after breakfast and an aspirin. Was too befuddled to make muchContinue reading “Mangatepopo stream to Tongariro National Park”

Ongarue to Taumaranui

Day 49 (Mon 28 Dec): Ongarue to Taumaranui Started 7.45am, reached Taumaranui 1.30pm, 26k Pain in the head status: Had another migraine in the night –  it eased off with medication but disrupted my sleep so was very dozey while walking. I could have sat down and had a nap in an instant. Just asContinue reading “Ongarue to Taumaranui”

The Timber Trail (Pureora to Ongarue)

Day 47 (Sat 26 Dec): Pureora to Piropiro Started on the bikes around 10am, reached campsite 5.30pm, 40k Pain in the head status: Very surprisingly, nil. Word of the day: Callow, lacking experience or maturity. Today began pleasantly, with a 1k ramble through the Totara track, next to the car park where we waited forContinue reading “The Timber Trail (Pureora to Ongarue)”

Waitomo to Pureora

Day 45 (Thurs 24 Dec): Waitomo to Te Kuiti (Mangaokewa Reserve) Started 7am, reached outskirts of Te Kuiti 11.40am; much eating and social interaction ensued; left Te Kuiti some time after 2pm, reached reserve and campsite around 3.30pm, 20k Pain in the head status: Got a ‘tired’ headache in the evening, not long before itContinue reading “Waitomo to Pureora”

Mt Pirongia to Waitomo

Day 42 (Mon 21 Dec): Mt Pirongia Started 7.20am, reached Pahautea hut 11am, end of Mt Pirongia track 2.30pm; reached pick up point on Okupata Rd at 3.20pm; 17k. Pain in the head status: We were in bed by 7.30pm and I slept soundly until around 2.30am when I was woken with a headache thatContinue reading “Mt Pirongia to Waitomo”

Hamilton to Kaniwhaniwha (bottom of Mt Pirongia)

Day 40 (Sat 19 Dec): Hamilton to Whatawhata Left campground 8.15am, wandered around Hamilton City centre; started the walk proper around 10.15am, reached Whatawhata 2.30pm, 18k or so. Pain in the head status: Had a bad headache in the night but it wasn’t a migraine or a hypnic headache, I think it was due toContinue reading “Hamilton to Kaniwhaniwha (bottom of Mt Pirongia)”

Huntly to Hamilton

Day 38 (Thurs 17 Dec): Huntly to Ngaruawahia Started 7.20am, reached Ngaruawahia bus stop 2pm, 19k Pain in the head status: Improved then recurred in the afternoon. It was such a treat to walk for most of the day headache-free – I tried to appreciate it but didn’t appreciate it enough. It’s like the reverseContinue reading “Huntly to Hamilton”

Mercer to Huntly

Day 36 (Tues 15 Dec): Mercer to Rangiriri Started 7.40am, finished 3.30pm, 26k Pain in the head status: Bad headache in the night. It’s always worse at night when there’s nothing to do but lay there and wait for sleep. I find it easier to deal with during the day, when there is so muchContinue reading “Mercer to Huntly”

Bombay Hills to Mercer

Day 34 (Sun 13 Dec): Rest day Word of the day: Sybaritic, self-indulgently fond of sensuous luxury For our final day in Auckland, a big thanks to our parental personal Trail Angels, who have provided accommodation, food, transportation, laundry services, more food, housekeeping, toiletries, yet more food… We prepare to leave this sybaritic interlude andContinue reading “Bombay Hills to Mercer”