Peel Forest Park
Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve is 22kms North of Geraldine in Canterbury, close the Rangitata river. It has a variety of walks, a popular mountain climb, a great cafe, a lovely serviced DoC campground and a free freedom campground nearby. I sampled all of them :-)
Te Araroa trail - Rangitata River
My time in this area started with a trip down memory lane. I booked into the Peel Forest DoC campsite, and just as I was about to turn into it, I saw a...
Today's distance walked - approx 21 kms (13.8 miles).
Ascent - approx 1100m (3608 ft).
I woke up today at 5.30am after a restless night. My bed was really comfortable, but my room was hot and there was a lot of traffic noise, which I'm not used to, and it took me a really long time to get to sleep.
I ate some biscuits and took another tablet for my knee. At 8.15 I went down to eat a hefty full English breakfast, complete with black pudding, after which I took it easy getting myself...
Today's distance walked - approx 31 kms (19 miles).
Ascent - approx 850m (2788ft).
As I was eating my breakfast this morning (a very sugary and delicious flapjack) a giant seagull kept me company... or should I say, kept an eye on me. As I was packing up, I left my backpack and a few bits and pieces at the site, and when I came back I saw him take off with the little plastic bag I keep my hand sanitizer in. I gave chase, but that only made him more determined, so I left him to it and packed...
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...
Te Araroa Trail Queen Charlotte Track
Somebody switched winter back on this week! As I write, I'm wearing the puffa jacket and 2 merino layers, in the not-so-balmy Marlborough Sounds. It's unusual as it is generally pretty balmy at this time of year!
I had a sound night's sleep at the YHA and headed out at 8am for a spot of breakfast in the Gusto cafe in Picton. Afterwards I popped into the pharmacy to get some saline solution for a suspected eye infection......
Te Araroa Trail Pukeatua summit track
I was up, packed, breakfasted and out this morning just in time before it rained. This was the first rainy day in ages! I actually had to use my rain coat as I started the Pukeatua summit track.
It was a great track, in good condition, climbing from 140m to 812m and down again over about 12kms. I took my time today as I was pretty exhausted from this week's mountains.
It was super windy at the top and was pretty cold, and clouds obscured...