The Heaphy Track

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The Heaphy Track

Located across the Kahurangi National Park in New Zealand's upper South island, the Heaphy Track spans the Nelson/Tasman and West Coast districts. It is one of New Zealand's 10 'great walks', which DoC describe as their 'premier' tracks. Generally these tracks are easy to follow and well graded, and take you through some of the most spectacular wilderness scenery New Zealand has to offer.

Note that on the great walks you must pre-book your accommodation, and...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 120. Ghost Lake hut 55kms – Lyell Campsite 85kms – St Arnaud

Te Araroa Trail Day 120 - Dawn over Kahurangi National Park

I had a great night's sleep despite an initial night time chorus of weka, and I woke before my alarm to a magnificent sunrise at 6am. Despite the altitude and breeze I still had condensation on the tent so I set to work doing the wipedown, then had breakfast overlooking the amazing view. I was joined by the mountain bike guys, and we warmed ourselves up in the sun.

I left at 7.15am and was soon up at the highest point on the track at 1450m on the Lyell range. The views all around from the...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 119. Goat Creek hut 28kms – Ghost Lake hut 55kms off trail

Te Araroa Trail Day 119 - View from Ghost Lake hut

Mr mouse and his entire family kept me awake for much of last night, nibbling the rubbish that other people had left in the firelace, and generally scrabbling around the rest of the hut. When I got up, they were undeterred, and flitted here and there as I ate my breakfast. My food and belongings thankfully remained untouched!

I got on the trail at 7.30am. It was a 30kms uphill kind of a day. The first section was easy enough through nice beech forest with a couple of bridged rivers. This...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 118. Nelson – Old Ghost Road track – Goat Creek hut 28kms off trail

Te Araroa Trail Day 118 - The Old Ghost Road trail

I got on the bus at 7.30am this morning, and enjoyed a beautiful and informative Westward journey through the Buller gorge to Westport, then Seddonville. Along the way I passed places I'd been before... notably the place where my family and I did the flying fox in 'superman pants' 12 years ago and Lyell campsite (my end destination on this walk), where I'd parked up in my van overnight one night many years ago.

I started the trail at 12.30pm. The Old Ghost Road is hailed as the best...

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