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 133. Arthur’s Pass – Avalanche peak – off trail

Te Araroa Trail Day 133 - Avalanche Peak

Whilst Phil was slogging it out on the Goat Pass route, Mike and I had a leisurely morning. I got up at 8.30am, then we went for breakfast in the Arthur's Pass cafe. We were pretty excited about the brekkie, and although tasty, it was disappointingly small. After breakfast we went to the DOC office and then we picked up my resupply box from the YHA.

We'd spoken to DOC about the Avalanche Peak track, and at 11am we started up the track from the Avalanche peak side, up and over the 1833m...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 127. Hanmer Springs – Zero Day off trail

Vegetable Sheep on the Travers Saddle

I had an amazing sleep in a wonderful bed in the Airbnb and really didn't get going until about 9.30am. Mike and I enjoyed a leisurely breakfast of fruit, yoghurt, croissants and Nutella then headed out in the rain for a little wander around town to find the laundromat we'd seen online. Turns out there wasn't one so we plodded back and got our gear together for a trip to the famous Hanmer Springs hot pools.

I hired togs and a towel, and we spent a couple of hours soaking in the different...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 117. Nelson – Zero Day off trail

I enjoyed a lovely sleep back in my old dorm room in Nelson. I woke at a reasonable hour and enjoyed a leisurely brekkie.
Then something really weird happened! A couple of days ago, when I left Monkeys backpackers in Riverton (before I caught the minibus to Invercargill) I wasn't able to pay for the hostel. When I left, there was a large board at the front door saying guests should pay at the café opposite. So I dropped my key in the box and went over to the cafe. There was no-one there....

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Te Araroa Trail Day 116. Bluff 3041kms – Nelson – Zero Day off trail

Our entire female dorm was kept awake by someone snoring very very loudly. I immediately took myself out and slept in the lounge. When I got up at 6am, all the other girls back in the dorm were awake bleary eyed, and the snorer was still at it - just as loudly as 8 hours earlier...!
I got a taxi to the airport, which took about 10 mins. I should have walked it really, but it was still a bit drizzly. Invercargill airport was very nice, and I enjoyed a delicious bacon and egg muffin and a hot...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 88. Blenheim – Christchurch – Zero Day off trail

The Kaikoura Coastline

Te Araroa Trail Blenheim to Christchurch

After a noisy night camping next to the SH6 in the Top 10 Holiday Park in Blenheim, I hopped on the bus at 8am to Christchurch. I discovered that the SH1 had re-opened in December. This was following the +7 magnitude earthquake in 2016. The quake brought down numerous huge slips and destroyed main rail and road links to Kaikoura. Even now it's only open during daytime hours as there is still a lot of work going on & some parts aren't...

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