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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

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

Wanaka to Queenstown

Remaining Distance: 405.19km
Distance Covered: 2894.81km
Total Traverse Hiking Days: 130

Graeme and I enjoyed the hike through the Motatapu Valley from Wanaka to Queenstown and our knees knew all about it afterwards. What a workout! This section of hike took four days. Read more

Wanaka

Remaining Distance: 498.2km
Distance Covered: 2801.8km
Total Traverse Hiking Days: 126

Last Wednesday morning while studying the map Ken was on, I suddenly felt sure of his precise location. Then, at that very moment the phone rang. It was Kenyon calling from a ridge while heading towards Lake Hawea. I asked him where he was in relation to a certain grid reference on the map. His answer; “right on that spot”. Read more

Ship Cove to Havelock

Sunday 5th February 2012:
Ship Cove to Punga Cove

Just getting to Ship Cove was an adventure in itself! In order to meet our early morning transport booking we woke to the sound of our alarms at 5:45am. Our mission had begun! Read more

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