Waipakihi River – Kaimanawa Forest Park

Waipakihi Valley

Waipakihi River - Kaimanawa Forest Park

Today's hike was one of those where we left a lot to chance.

The aim was to head to the Waipakihi hut from Mount Urchin, but were being all spontaneous about it. To be honest we hadn't read up on it much and the weather wasn't being particularly kind to us either. At some point in the past, I had downloaded a gpx file of the routes to Waipakihi hut onto my Backcountry Navigator (topo map app) on my phone, so this acted as our guide.


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Around the Mountain Ruapehu – Day 3

lahar round the mountain rangipo tinytramper

Around the Mountain Ruapehu - Day 3

This morning the weather gave us a window of opportunity to get off the mountain. The forecast was fine with lighter winds until around 11am, before more gales and thunder storms were due to set in. We took the chance and woke at 5.30am for a 6.30 start. After surprisingly decent sleep and a museli bar breakfast, we headed off across the Rangipo Desert towards the Waihohonu hut.

Rangipo hut to Waihohonu hut

We felt pretty good as...

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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 Hiker -...
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SWCP Day 19. Marazion to Predannack Head

Today's distance walked - approx 30 kms (18.6 miles).
Ascent - approx 922m (3025 ft)

I left the campsite at 6.40am this morning. It was another gloriously sunny day with a little bit of breeze - just how I like it. Out of Marazion there were a couple of little beaches, with epic views of St Michael's Mount. The path was initially road walking out of Marazion, then through farmland. I noticed there were some excellent wild camping opportunities above Trenow Cove.

I arrived at Perran...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 138. Mesopotamia Station – Bush Stream track – Forest Creek track – Felt hut – Off trail

Te Araroa Trail Day 138 - Forest Creek Track

I spent the first couple of hours after lights out last night, sleeping on the sofa in front of the beautiful open fire in the lounge - which was lovely. I carted myself to bed around midnight. In the morning we woke around 6.45am and all had spare food, so we ate big breakfasts including another Mochatella (mocha with a spoonful of Nutella in it) yum!

We started our walk at 8am. We had 2kms to walk to the road end where we'd start TA again, to the South side of the Rangitata river. This...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 65. Waitewaewae hut 1607.8kms – Otaki Forks campsite 1619kms

Te Araroa Trail Near Otaki Forks

Te Araroa Trail - the day I took that wrong turn!

I had an amazing night's sleep last night. Nature has overtaken me now, and I go to bed well before it's dark. Generally I'm in bed before/around 8pm but it's still light until 9 and not properly dark until 10pm.

Weirdly though this morning I was pretty exhausted - probably due to the two dinners I ate last night :-) I was on the trail by 7am. The track started with another ascent, and after an hour or so the path split.


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