Day 63: James Mackay Hut to Perry Saddle Hut

Sun 26 March 2017

  • Km Today: 24
  • Total Km: 1133

Heaphy Track

Today I set off whilst most are still having breakfast or rising for the day. There is a decent amount of walking to do today and the forecast is not looking favourable. Continue reading

Day 62: Heaphy Hut to James Mackay Hut

Sat 25 March 2017

  • Km Today: 21
  • Total Km: 1109

Heaphy Track

There was a little group of trampers who set off early from the hut to connect with the shuttle from Kohaihai but I’m happy to be ready to depart at 0800 after some porridge and a cup of tea. Continue reading

Day 61: Karamea to Heaphy Hut

Fri 24 March 2017

  • Km Today: 16
  • Total Km: 1088

Heaphy Track

There is another power cut this morning and nothing is working. No toilet, shower, water. Fortunately as I have my gas camping cooker we can have our morning tea/coffee and whip up a porridge. Continue reading

Day 60: Greymouth to Karamea

Thurs 23 March 2017

  • Km Today: 0
  • Total Km: 1072

It is sad to say goodbye to Nick this morning as he is returning to Christchurch. Even after one day of having company I know I will miss it when I start walking again. It happens always, however fortunately I quickly get back into the swing of the norm. Continue reading

Day 59: Cowboy Paradise to Kumara

Wed 22 March 2017

  • Km Today: 36
  • Total Km: 1072

West Coast Wilderness Trail

Today will be a first for me. My friend Nick is travelling across from Christchurch this morning to walk with me. He will be my first arranged walking companion and I couldn’t be more pleased to have him along. Continue reading

Day 58: Hokitika to Cowboys Paradise

Tue 21 March 2017

  • Km Today: 36
  • Total Km: 1036

West Coast Wilderness Trail

I am looking forward to the walk today to Cowboys Paradise – who wouldn’t with such a suggestive name for a destination that conjures up images of a rugged far flung wild west town. It is raining lightly and the grey low lying cloud envelopes the landscape. Continue reading

Day 57: Ross to Hokitika

Mon 20 March 2017

  • Km Today: 33
  • Total Km: 1000 – 1/3rd of the way between Bluff and Cape Reinga

West Coast Wilderness Trail

The west coast wilderness trail is a recent addition to the NZ Cycle Trail of 139km between Ross and Greymouth. It provides a unique immersion into the nature and the people of the West Coast with outstanding landscape, dense rainforest, glacial rivers and lakes and through wetlands, all the way from the snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps to the ocean. Continue reading

Day 55 – 56: Omarama to Hokitika

Sat 18 – Sun 19 March 2017

We crossed through low clouds over the Lindis Pass and down into the Tarras Valley. The weather had improved during the journey yet it was still to windy to go paragliding  with Haydon unfortunately. Continue reading

Day 54: Twizel to Ohau

Fri 17 March 2017

  • Km today: 24
  • Total Km: 967

Alps 2 Ocean

Today is the final section which I will make of the Alps 2 Ocean trail from Twizel through to Ohau village. It is a fairly brisk morning yet the rowers are on their cycles early heading towards Ruataniwha as we set off from Twizel. Continue reading

Day 53: Tekapo to Pukaki

Thurs 16 March 2017

  • Km today: 29
  • Total Km: 943

Alps 2 Ocean

I have been looking forward to todays walk. There has been an extended time away from walking plus it promises to be a particularly spectacular area to walk through. I am back on the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail which is also the Te Araroa trail through this area. Continue reading