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Cape Reinga to Bluff – Without a Hitch!

Hiking Days Remaining: 0
Remaining Distance: 0km
Distance Covered: 3301km
Total Traverse Hiking Days: 148

Only 13 kilometres remained until I would reach the very end of the trail – Stirling Point, Bluff!  Read more

Invercargill to Bluff Peninsular

Hiking Days Remaining: 1
Remaining Distance: 13km
Distance Covered: 3288km
Total Traverse Hiking Days: 147

Oreti River Bridge was the starting point of my second last day of the trail. I couldn’t believe it when Gordon told me this morning that in twenty-four hours time I’d be at Bluff! Read more

Riverton to Invercargill

Hiking Days Remaining: 2
Remaining Distance: 38km
Distance Covered: 3263km
Total Traverse Hiking Days: 146

For today, the tide determined when I would set out hiking. I required an early start as it would take six hours to hike Oreti Beach at low tide. I factored in an extra hour for a break as well as the crossing of The Waimatuku River. This would be the last of the beach hiking on this trail. Read more

Round Hill to Riverton

Hiking Days Remaining: 3
Remaining Distance: 63km
Distance Covered: 3238km
Total Traverse Hiking Days: 145

The first 5.5km road section joins the southern end of the Longwood Forest Track with the Tihaka Beach Track. Only an hours hike to the ocean! I was excited to hear it again as it was three months ago since I last had the ocean right by the trail when I was hiking with Gordon on the Queen Charlotte Track. Read more

Martin’s Hut to Round Hill

Hiking Days Remaining: 4
Remaining Distance: 82km
Distance Covered: 3219km
Total Traverse Hiking Days: 144

This morning we packed up and left our four-night base in the town of Tuatapere (Southland). There’s a lot to be said about this small town (population 600) which once thrived on forestry but is now more of a well-travelled tourist stop. The people of Southland are just as friendly as the rest of New Zealand but probably have an extra hour up their sleeves should the need arise to chat about something. Read more

Merrivale to Martin’s Hut

Hiking Days Remaining: 5
Remaining Distance: 105km
Distance Covered: 3196km
Total Traverse Hiking Days: 143

Another early start to the day. I was up before 6am, got dropped off at Merrivale where I ended hiking two days ago. Duck hunting season started today and the continuous sound of gun-fire followed me from the start till late in the evening. I was surprised to hear the gun shots from way up on Bald Hill and deep into the Longwood forest. Those poor ducks don’t stand a chance. Read more

Struan Flat Road to Merrivale

Days Remaining: 6
Remaining Distance: 135.5km
Distance Covered: 3165.5km
Total Traverse Hiking Days: 142

It was an early start to the day because the last 18.2km section of the day had to be completed in daylight hours only. The owners of the land had certain conditions that they wanted hikers to abide by and those were stated on the trail notes. The notes mentioned that prior permission had to be granted before hiking across the Island Bush Track. Read more

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