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 94. Top Timaru Hut 2559.5kms – Pakituhi hut 2583.7kms

Te Araroa Trail Day 94 - Timaru river valley

Te Araroa Trail Timaru River, Stodys hut (that climb..!) and Lake Hawea

My most memorable day on TA

If you're researching Te Araroa Trail and you're soon to embark on this incredible journey, you can look forward to a day like this. Most people have one - where the sheer gravity of your accomplishments hits you like a ton of bricks. It was my most memorable day on TA for so many reasons:

  • The tedious but beautiful sidling along the Timaru river
  • The...
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Te Araroa Trail Day 91. Tekapo 2423.3kms – Freehold Creek track 2516.3kms

Te Araroa Trail Day 91 - Tekapo to Lake Ohau

Te Araroa Trail Lake Tekapo to Ohau and beyond...

I woke early today as I had a big day of cycling between Lake Tekapo and Lake Ohau. The water was back on in Tekapo after being shut off early last night, so I cleared 40 people's worth of washing-up from in the sinks, stacked it all neatly on the side and washed a bowl, cup and spoon for my breakfast.

Cycling from Tekapo

Today's adventure began by picking up my bike from Cycle Journeys at 7.15 am.  Cycle Journeys took...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 70. Ngaio 1711kms – Wellington city 1721.8kms

Te Araroa Trail Into Wellington

Te Araroa Trail into Wellington

Probelm Feet!

Awwww my poor feet! The foot blistering and itchiness is rampant and my feet haven't even been wet the past few days! I haven't been able to have my feet "in" bed for the past few nights as they itch sooooo badly! Last night I had to pat them down with cool salt water numerous times during the night to stop the itch. The skin has broken on top of the left foot, which is pretty gross, so I'm trying to keep that bit especially...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 67. Paraparaumu 1650kms – Paekakariki 1662.3kms

Te Araroa Trail Kapiti Coast

Te Araroa Trail Kapiti Coast

Today I got up and out by 7.30am. I had a short road walk to Raumati South, before hitting the beaches of the beautiful Kapiti coast. It was beach most of the way to Paekakariki. I was occasionally forced back inland onto the road by the high tide.

The Kapiti coastline was very lovely, with views out to Kapiti Island. It was a lovely day, sunny and windy, and not too hot. Perfect hiking weather.

Queen Elizabeth Park

After a while I hit the...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 64. Nichols hut 1599.8kms – Waitewaewae hut 1607.8kms

Te Araroa Trail Nichols hut to Mount Crawford

Te Araroa Trail Nichols hut to Waitewaiwai hut

My night in the tent outside Nichols hut in the beautiful Tararua rangess started off freezing, then I had to unpeel all the layers during the night. A perfectly still night gave way to another beautiful morning.

Mount Crawford

I got up at 5am. I opted for a nature pee this morning, as the actual toilet was completely covered in a blanket of huge black blowflies.

I left at 6am to climb the ridge to Mt Crawford 1462m...

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