Atene to Turakina beach via Whanganui

Day 62 (Sun 10 Jan): Atene to Whanganui Started 7.25am, finished 2.35pm, 24k (plus 7k car ride). Pain in the head status: Fine. Word of the day: Desultory, passing from one thing to another in an aimless way. We resumed our desultory ramble along the Whanganui River Road in the cool of the morning, passingContinue reading “Atene to Turakina beach via Whanganui”

Pipiriki to Atene

Day 60 (Fri 8 Jan): Pipiriki to Matahiwi, via Jerusalem and London, along the Whanganui River Road Started 7.15am, finished 1.40pm, 24k Pain in the head status: Used another caffeine tablet in the night for a nocturnal headache and it worked again. It’s like a vampire headache, obliterated by coffee rather than a stake toContinue reading “Pipiriki to Atene”

Whakahoro to Pipiriki

Day 58 (Wed 6 Jan): Whakahoro to Johnson’s campsite (on the Mangapurua track) Started 8am, finished 3.30pm, 24k. Pain in the head status: Disappointingly, had another migraine in the middle of the night and had to take another migraine pill. But it retreated entirely by the time we started walking. I’m hoping tonight will beContinue reading “Whakahoro to Pipiriki”

National Park to Whakahoro

Day 56 (Mon 4 Jan): National Park to Kaitieke Started 7.50am, reached Kaitieke memorial 2.45pm, 27+k. Pain in the head status: All good. Word of the day: Salutary, beneficial, conducive to some good purpose. Bonus word: Farrier, a person who shoes horses. Two zero (no trail walking) days in National Park were salutary to myContinue reading “National Park to Whakahoro”

National Park

Day 54 (Sat 2 Dec): Tongariro Crossing  National Park Distance covered today: From Macrocarpa Cafe in National Park for second breakfast, to Pipers Lodge accommodation, to Station Cafe for lunch, to the Four Square for bananas (their own meal category), back to Pipers, to Macrocarpa Cafe again for dinner (vegetarian pizza, roast vege salad andContinue reading “National Park”

Taumaranui to Mangatepopo stream

Day 51 (Wed 30 Dec): Taumaranui to Owhango Started 8.05am, reached Owhango Forest Lodge 2.20pm, 27k. Pain in the head status: Still have the leftovers of the Timber Trail migraine but it is ebbing off. I took some aspirin at lunchtime as my hip was hurting, which also helped the head – poor hip hasn’tContinue reading “Taumaranui to Mangatepopo stream”

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”