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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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Takitimu Forest Day Two

Days Remaining: 8
Remaining Distance: 190km
Distance Covered: 3111km
Total Traverse Hiking Days: 140

A much easier day than yesterday. A few kilometers of river bank hiking led me to the fringe of the forest which I’d spend the next few hours hiking through to get to Lower Wairaki Hut. This was the quietest stretch of trail I’d ever come across. I was surrounded by dead silence.
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Takitimu Forest Day One

Days Remaining: 9
Remaining Distance: 203km
Distance Covered: 3098km
Total Traverse Hiking Days: 139

From the corner of Princhester Rd and State Highway 94, I set off for the Takitimu section. The 63km would take 3 days to cover and whilst I was looking forward to it I was dreading how cold I was going to get. Fresh dumpings of thick snow had fallen over the last 2 days. Read more

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

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 Read more

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.

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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

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