Te Araroa Trail Day 125. Waiau hut 2040.6kms – Boyle Flat hut 2083kms

Te Araroa Trail Day 125 - St James's Walkway from Waiau hut

Today was my biggest day so far…42kms!! I woke at 5.15am and it was freezing!! There was an actual frost brrrr….. and it was really difficult to get out of my sleeping bag and under way. I later heard that Mike’s tent, shoes and socks had all frozen overnight!

I left at 6.45am. The trail today was mostly flat along wide river valleys. It started with some beautiful sections through grasslands, which although very lovely were very, very wet with just-above-freezing temperature dew. My shoes, socks, shorts and gloves were soaked in no time. Plus there were multiple river crossings. I lost the feeling in my feet and raced along the trail to keep warm!!

Te Araroa Trail Day 125 - St James's Walkway from Waiau hut
Te Araroa Trail Day 125 – St James’s Walkway from Waiau hut

At about 8.30am the sun came over the mountains and I stopped to bask in it to warm up. The trail was beautiful with views from the valley floor up across to the Spenser mountain range and St James range. I met some horse riders, and DOC staff along the way. I reached Anne hut at 12.30pm. Shortly afterwards I was joined by Kim and Mike. Mike and I walked on together and made decent progress, through the beech forest and the few small ups and downs.

Te Araroa Trail Day 125 - St James's Walkway from Waiau hut to Anne hut
Te Araroa Trail Day 125 – St James’s Walkway from Waiau hut to Anne hut

We passed Rockerby hut and then arrived at Boyle hut around 6pm. The hut was pretty busy again so we camped on a nice little spot just above the river. The others from Waiau hut came in a couple of hours later.

Te Araroa Trail Day 125 - From Anne hut to Rockerby hut
Te Araroa Trail Day 125 – From Anne hut to Rockerby hut

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