The Kepler Track

Walking the ridge on the Kepler Track

The Kepler Track

The Kepler track in Fiordland National Park in Southland, is one of New Zealand's most accessible 'Great Walks'. It begins near the small town of Te Anau, and boasts beautiful forests, unique wetlands, waterfalls and alpine mountain scenery. It is a 60Km loop track (although we found out the mileage varies depending upon which brochure you read) and you'll climb to 1400m at the highest point.

DoC classify it as a 'moderate/easy' 3-4 day tramping track. We walked...

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South West Coast Path – Route and Gear List

South West Coast Path Gear

Hi folks, just a quick one with details of my daily route and gear list for the South West Coast Path. This is 1013km (630 miles) of wonderful hiking along the UK's longest national trail.

The gear list is a little different to my gear for Te Araroa trail New Zealand. Main differences as follows:

Pack: Osprey Eja 45 litre replaced my Lowe Alpine 45-55 litre pack. The Osprey was lighter and much more comfortable, and had heaps of room for all my gear. I would have been more than OK with...

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Te Araroa Trail Gear List – Tinytramper

Te Araroa Trail Day 125 - St James's Walkway from Waiau hut

Te Araroa Trail Gear List

Below is my Te Araroa trail gear list, which I've combined a little with my South West Coast path gear list (slight differences between the two). It would be a useful guide for any summer multiday tramping/hiking. You may also want to check out my planning page for Te Araroa trail.


Maps and Rescue

  • Personal Locator beacon - Ocean Signal RescueMe PLB and registration for NZ 
  • Map phone app 1 - Guthook Te Araroa...
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Te Araroa Trail Planning

Te Araroa trail Tinytramper gear

Route, gear, food and training - Te Araroa Trail Planning

I did a lot of reading, research, preparation and planning for my Te Araroa trail hike 2017/18 season. I love preparing for a trip (any trip!) It's half the fun of the journey for me. Other people simply throw some things in a pack and go for it.

I started with reading many other peoples Te Araroa trail blogs, and watching Youtube videos. It's a really useful way to get a feel for the trail. Next I downloaded the previous...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 87. Nelson – St Arnaud – Blenheim – Zero Day off trail

Third and final pair of shoes for Te Araroa Trail

Te Araroa Trail Flip Flop

I'm now doing what's known as a Te Araroa trail flip-flop... that is, doing it arse about face and not strictly following the trail 'in order' from North to South.

My next move

The forecasted terrible weather last week didn't really come to much in Nelson. The North island got hit pretty badly instead. I was still happy with my decision to wait until a good stint of sunshine before attempting the Richmond Ranges alpine areas. As the weather...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 71. Wellington city 1721.8kms – Island Bay 1733.2kms

Te Araroa Trail Wellington

Te Araroa Trail Wellington

After a crappy sleep, I slept in until 9am today!!! I can't even remember the last time I slept that late!

After coffee and breakfast I went shopping again in Wellington. I bumped into Susie and Bruno and Louis from the Tararuas while I was out and about.

Shopping for Gear

I bought a few more bits for the South Island. I bought a teeny tiny lightweight Sea to Summit ultra sil day pack from Bivouac, as I'll need one on the South Island for...

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