Te Araroa Trail Day 62. Makahika Outdoor Pursuits Centre 1568.8kms – Te Matawai hut 1587.6kms

Te Araroa Trail Day 62 - Giants of the Gable End Ridge Track

Te Araroa Trail Tararua Ranges

I started the day at 6.45am and left a koha (donation) for Sally at the Makahika Outdoor Pursuits Centre. The start of the off-road section of trail into the Tararua ranges was a few kilometres down Ponds Road.

Last night Sally recommended an alternative route to the regular trail today. Taking this alternative meant I ended up at the same hut - but it was quicker, less muddy and apparently much prettier than the regular route. I was convinced...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 60. Palmerston North 1507.9kms – Burtton’s Track 1541.4kms

Te Araroa Trail Half way

Te Araroa Trail Half Way!

If you're paying attention, you will have noticed today's mileage!

I hit the 1520km HALF WAY point of Te Araroa Trail today - I can't quite believe it! The first half has been brilliant :-) The second half will be a lot more remote and mostly ups and downs, which will be a lot tougher... I can't wait!

Out of Palmerston North

Today was very pleasant. I began at 6.45am and the trail started with a nice walk around various gardens on the way...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 59. Feilding 1484.5kms – Palmerston North 1507.9kms

Te Araroa Trail Feilding

Te Araroa Trail Feilding to Palmy

I woke early in a bit of a panic as I heard rain on the tent... I jumped up and moved everything from inside the tent to under the eaves of Glen's house & packed up the tent. The rain didn't amount to anything.

We said goodbye to our wonderful trail angel hosts and went into Feilding for breakfast number 2, cheese and ham toasties.

We got on the road by 8.30am and walked about 3kms when a couple of lads pulled up in their utes to secure a...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 58. Bulls 1465.1kms – Feilding 1484.5kms

Te Araroa Trail Bulls to Feilding

Te Araroa Trail Bulls to Feilding

I had a great sleep last night. I wore my compression sleeves on my calves as I'm getting twitchy legs which has been preventing me from going to sleep. I'm not sure if it was just the placebo effect but it seemed to work!!

Today was entirely road walking. I had previously entertained ideas about hitching this bit, but was really glad I didn't, as it was very nice. Highlights included a sunny morning tea at Mt Lees Reserve, and then we caught a...

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