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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

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

Wairaki Hut to Struan Flat Road

Days Remaining: 7
Remaining Distance: 163.5km
Distance Covered: 3137.5km
Total Traverse Hiking Days: 141

This was one of my favourite days on the trail. I left the hut at 7:30am and hiked up the 1024m hill which I summited at around 10am. The going was slow and tiring but what a view from the top!
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Mavora Highlights

Days Remaining: 10
Distance Remaining: 224km
Distance Covered: 3076
Hiking Days: 138

With all the camping I’ve done on this traverse to date, I thought I’d left the worst of it behind, until we camped overnight at North Mavora Campground. This is where I woke to the feeling of something moderately heavy running across my sleeping bag in the middle of the night. Read more

Pelorus Bridge to Captain Creek Hut

Months ago, amongst arduous tasks on my traverse preparation list, I took some time out and did some extensive research on the tracks that now lay ahead of me. So with much anticipation, I left Pelorus Bridge early and set off on a country road hike to a world which I will never forget. Read more

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