Gillespie Pass Circuit

Young Valley on the Gillespie circuit

Gillespie Pass Circuit If you're looking for a fantastic multi-day tramp with beautiful dense forest, mountains galore, wide valleys, rivers and a beautiful lake, then the 58Km Gillespie Pass Circuit in Mount Aspiring National Park…

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Ten Te Araroa Trail Truths

Pure green!

Ten Te Araroa Trail Truths

1. Where there are no sandflies, there are mosquitoes.
2. There will be a river crossing (and wet feet) ten mins after you set off in the morning and ten mins before arriving at camp for the night.
3. Where there is a shortcut, there will be thorny bushes.
4. The ‘flat’ part of the trail will hide large ruts, holes, bogs, streams or boulders.
5. Injuries will only be sustained on the ‘easy’ sections, tripping over your own feet or checking your phone.
6. If your camp has a toilet, you will need to go approximately 15 mins after hitting the trail that day.
7. You haven’t washed properly for weeks, but your skin looks amazing.
8. When you skinnydip in a river, four more TA hikers will arrive at that very moment.
9. Mice are rampant in the hut where you forgot to hang up your food bag.
10. You’ll find that the luxury lodge offers cheap camping & free hot tubs, the day after you wild camped next to it.

Te Araroa Trail Day 108. Princhester road junction 2807.1kms – Aparima hut 2829.3kms

Te Araroa Trail Day 108 - Takitimu track

Te Araroa Trail Princhester Road to Aparima Hut I got an early start today and was ready with my very best 'pick me up' smile at 7am to hitch half was to Mossburn. Te Araroa…

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Te Araroa Trail Day 99. Fern Burn hut 2643.6kms – Roses hut 2659.8kms

Te Araroa Trail Day 99 - Motatapu Track

Te Araroa Trail Motatapu Track Fern Bern Hut to Roses Hut Motatapu Track It was a beautiful starry night on Te Araroa trail from the Motatapu Track last night. There aren't many parts of the…

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Te Araroa Trail Day 98. Wanaka 2620kms – Fern Burn hut 2643.6kms

Te Araroa Trail Day 98 - Lake Wanaka

Te Araroa Trail Wanaka to Fern Burn Hut - Motatapu Track Wanaka to Glendhu Bay It was difficult to get up at 5.30am today, as I've been sleeping in a little for the past couple…

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Te Araroa Trail Day 80. Pelorous Bridge campground 1839.2kms – Middy hut 1866.3kms

Te Araroa Trail Day 80 - Pelorous Bridge track

Te Araroa Trail Pelorous Bridge to Middy hut I had a sleep-in to start the new year and woke at 6.30am. We left at 7.30am to hike the 14km road section of Te Araroa trail…

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