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Queenstown – Preparing for the home stretch

Gordon flew into Queenstown three days ago. We’ve been busy! Planning the remaining hiking days was complicated and took longer than expected. We printed the strip maps out from the Te Araroa website which look great and have the route marked including kilometer dots but the maps lack a lot of other information such as hut locations, streams, road names and other tracks etc.

So now we plan to carry three different types of maps. We thought this would be a good idea since the trail notes warn of sparsely marked trails ahead.

Last night we went out for a quick bite to eat. We were looking forward to revisiting “Little India” – our favourite Indian restaurant here in Queenstown. We got there only to find that during the months I’ve been hiking, the restaurant underwent a change of management. Things change fast around here or is it that I just hike too slowly? At least our favourite cafe is still here. Whilst typing this post we have enjoyed a delicious club sandwich.

We have also been enjoying the cool fresh mountain air from our balcony which overlooks Ben Lomond Mountain. We would love to enjoy the view more than we have been able to. There’s still a lot to do in a short amount of time before we start hiking again. Better get this post off before making another trip to the supermarket for last-minute items.


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  1. Pammy #

    It must be quite a strange feeling having done a full circle since you first arrived in Queenstown and incredible to think that you still have so much to do there to prepare for the final countdown. We’re counting the days till our meeting on the 28th eventuates!

    Dad and Mom

    Thursday 19 April, 2012
  2. It makes all the difference having Gordon here to help out. Whilst hiking in to Queenstown I passed the place where Gordon and I packed up all the food boxes 6 months ago in September 2011. What a busy time that was and this time round it’s no different. All the food has kept really well in the boxes over that time except the One Square Meal bars have become really dry. They have a best before date of two months.

    Only about 15 hiking days left. Gordon and I look forward to meeting up with you both along the way.

    See you Dad and Mom

    Saturday 21 April, 2012
  3. You’re almost there, Kenyon – well done! It’s lovely that Gordon has joined you for the home stretch! Look forward to hearing all the stories from your amazing adventure.

    Funny how there’s a Ben Lomond there. I wonder if it’s similar to the one in Scotland…

    Happy hiking!

    Fiona 🙂

    Monday 23 April, 2012
    • Hi Fi, yes! I told you, you should make it over here. Mr. Ben Lomond is waiting for you.

      Yes, I’m enjoying the company that Gordon provides. It’s great too that we seem to hike at much the same rate which at times has had to be at a fair pace, but Gordon did comment on the first day that he’s more out of breath while doing so.

      Hope you’re well in Sydney. Will catch up soon.

      Kenyon 🙂

      Wednesday 2 May, 2012
  4. Stacey #

    Hello! I had the pleasure of meeting both of you in Queenstown a couple weeks ago. I flew in from Sydney with Gordon and really enjoyed hearing about this hike. I’m having a great time reading your posts but since I’m coming into this towards the end, I have a lot of catching up to do!

    What a great experience for you, Kenyon. Gordon, the site looks fantastic! Best of luck to both of you on the remainder of your journey.

    – Stacey

    Wednesday 2 May, 2012
    • Hi Stacey!

      How was Milford Sound? We thought of you as we passed the booking office. It looked like you had some good weather for your trip out there.

      Thanks for your wishes. It’s great to have you here with us towards the end which is approaching fast.

      It was nice meeting you too. You must be back home already. If so, I hope the flight went by quickly and that you didn’t have the same passengers sitting behind you. 🙂 What a long flight that would have been!

      Glad you like the blog. Gordon has prepared some photos of Mavora Lakes which will go out sometime today.

      Bye for now,

      Wednesday 2 May, 2012

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