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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

Clevedon to Mangatawhiri Dam

From Clevedon I hiked towards the Huanua Ranges. Every once in a while I’d walk past a tree-lined drive which would make me wonder how nice it would be to arrive home to such a layout. A great way to start and finish time spent away from home. I wonder who rakes the leaves? I was also surprised to come across some really nice tracks such as the Massey Track and Wairoa Cosseys Track which really were a pleasure to hike through. Some trails were well-worn yet others were rather neglected. Read more

Through to Clevedon

This morning I was looking forward to reaching the outskirts of Auckland and weaving my way through country areas where making ground is more efficient. At one particular crossroad, after about two hours out from Half Moon Bay, the farmlands started up again and there was much less traffic. Read more

Puhoi to Orewa

A very rainy morning! I hiked on towards the coastal town of Orewa.   Read more

Dome Forest to Dunn’s Bush

IMG_4150 Spot (120x120)I set out from Dome Forest Café to the very quaint town of Puhoi which took two days hiking. Much of this hike involved road walking yet as usual there was no shortage of splendid scenery. Some views reminded me a little of Switzerland with its green grass and grazing farm animals. Read more

Coasting Along

Up at 5:47 for the sunrise over the ocean. It wasn’t quite as spectacular as I thought it would be but I did enjoy it. The colours improved with time which is around the time I took this photo. The campsite will be one to remember and will certainly be hard to beat.  Read more


After 10 days off the trail I was up at 4:30am packing for another day of hiking. The owner of the place I was staying at arranged for someone to give me a lift back to Marsden Point where I stepped off the trail for a break. The sun was rising as David drove me to where I wanted to start hiking. I knew it would be a great day although I was wondering how my feet would handle the 23km day ahead. Read more

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