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Mavora Lakes to Princhester Road

Remaining Distance: 318km
Distance Covered: 2982km
Total Traverse Hiking Days: 133

Well, after an early morning start from Queenstown at 8am our transport has just dropped us off at Greenstone car park (the time this post was scheduled for). From here our five-day (94km) hike will take us south along the Mavora River, past North and South Mavora Lakes and on towards Princhester Rd. The start of todays hike will leave me with just 318km to Bluff. This will pass quickly, just like the rest of the hike, so I’ll be making the most of it. I’m especially looking forward to having Gordon there.

Our parents are flying over to Queenstown in a few days and what Gordon and I are looking forward to most, is meeting them on Te Anau Mossburn Highway at the start Princhester Road. What a great meeting spot, right in the middle of nowhere, under a shelter belt of pine trees. It will be perfect timing too after a five-day hike. From there it’s over to Te Anau for a couple of nights before I’m then dropped back to Princhester Road where I’ll continue hiking towards Bluff (about ten days away).

So to Mom and Dad, have a great flight over to Queenstown and thanks to you Fi for looking after my girl back home. Apparently she really enjoys your company! It’s great that you’re a gentle cat whisperer, and that you’ve kept her up to date by translating my traverse blog posts to her over dinner or in ad breaks which Sydney has so many of.

Ontop of everything we’ve been busy with, Gordon has been busy planning for Lindy (his partner) to join us over here in Queenstown. So hopefully Lindy is able to get the time off and find a flight that will fly directly to Queenstown.

Since Gordon landed in Queenstown we’ve been running around organising transport, accommodation, food supplies, funds, blog posts and washing. We also had to pack up everything that wasn’t required on our hike and find a place to store it. So we didn’t have much time at all to enjoy Queenstown but we’ll make up for it once I’ve completed the traverse.

One part of Queenstown I’ll enjoy looking back on is meeting up with the crew from Floppy Adventures. I joined Philippa, Madeline and Phil for dinner at a Thai restaurant. I was having such a great time I simply forgot to take a photo of us all around the table. Next time I guess!

Philippa is a veteran blogger and I’ve enjoyed reading up on their adventure which has been much the same as my own but with their own version of sore feet, river crossing and frozen tents. They’re fast paced and hungry for a result – what energy! They must only be a hand full of days away from Bluff. I’m really looking forward to seeing some photos of their grand finish. They really have been consistent in their efforts.

The animation below is a series of 51 images I took back in February. I sent them over to Gordon who pieced them all together. The animation is a bit slow when using WiFi so hopefully they’ll load fast enough. Our blog site doesn’t allow video uploads so this is the next best way of showing what it was like on Waiau Pass. When I was up there it was windy, cold and the air was very dry, but I was lucky enough to have such great weather and I had the pass all to myself.

The five maps we’ve uploaded below, shows Ken’s planned route through the Mavora Ravine. We’ve read up on the hike ahead of us and I’m sure it’s going to be one to remember. Hopefully when we get through to the highway (SH94) at the southern end of this track, Gordon’s transport and my extra food supplies will be ready waiting for us. All we have to do now is make sure we arrive on time. It’s a 94km hike so we best get started.

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Frith Metford #

    The animation worked, was not too slow, almost looked like a video, and your spirit from the pass shined! Enjoy the rest of the tramp!


    Tuesday 24 April, 2012
    • I’m glad you enjoyed the animation. Here on the “farm” even the smaller photos take their time to load up so I’m glad you didn’t find it too slow. I remember that pass vividly and the view from there was simply breathtaking.

      Monday 14 May, 2012
  2. John Phillips #

    Great planning for this final phase. I am sure your adrenaline will keep you going as well as having Gordon for company part of the way. I wish we could be there for the finish. I like that you are meeting your parents in the backcountry. I remember how you looked when we met you in Wellington. In your clean yellow hiking outfit looking like you had just stepped out of a plane. I don’t know how you did it. And that was just before you got new boots I think!
    John and Pip and the gang here in Lions Bay

    Tuesday 24 April, 2012
    • Hi to the gang in Lions Bay. Yep, it’s amazing what some soap and water can do a few minutes before meeting up with friends. Just as well my backpack also got a heavy shower in the rain on the way in to Wellington. That’s how it was done and it’s good to know you noticed my efforts.

      Monday 14 May, 2012
  3. Hi Mom and Dad,
    We are both looking forward to seeing you and Dad and spending some time with you off the trail. Have a safe trip over and enjoy the drive towards Te Anau. We’ll be looking out for you!
    Love Keno and Gordo.

    Thursday 26 April, 2012
  4. Pammy #

    Laline would have felt so proud if she’d seen the two men we met up with on the side of the road, today Guys! You can’t imagine how wonderful it was to see you both walking towards us on the SH94!!

    Saturday 28 April, 2012

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