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  • Day 52: Punga Cove to Miner’s Camp

    It rained today. A lot. I sat around at Punga Cove until just before 1pm when I left to head to Miner’s Camp a bit up the trail. Ran into John and Christine one last time. They were headed back to the road to try to hitch out to Picton. Hugs and goodbyes all around. […]

  • Day 51: Anakiwa to Portage Bay

    Showering in the morning before going out has been pretty rare for me lately. I’ve been cleaning up a bit when I roll into huts in the afternoon, or showering when I arrive into town, but I haven’t been doing my usual morning shower routine. This morning, I had a shower. It was rather nice. […]

  • Day 50ish: Havelock to Anakiwa

    Really happy I decided to hitch in last night rather than this morning. I was able to get laundry done, hang out with John and Christine, get a shower, and not have to pitch my tent and then tear it down in the morning! I also had plenty of time today to visit the i-Site […]

  • Day 49: Rocks Hut to Havelock

    2 hours. 2 hours. 7-9 hours. That’s the time estimates I was looking at for today. Set my alarm for 6:30am, got out of bed around 6:40. Put the kettle on and went to use the glorious flush toilet outside. Heavenly. Cold as hell, but whatever. Came back in, drank some tea, packed some stuff […]

  • Day 48: Starveall Hut to Rocks Hut

    Last night was very cold. The hut was full so I’d originally set up my tent outside, with the only available spot being on the helipad, but later, I realized there was actually room on the floor inside so I tore down my tent and moved inside. Glad I did. Even inside on the floor […]

  • Day 47: Rintoul Hut to Starveall Hut

    Cloudy. It was cloudy this morning. But we had to move, there was no choice. I could have stayed for another day, but I wasn’t very interested in that. So we left. Immediately past the hut the climb began. And climb we did. And climb. And finally popped out above the tree line onto the […]

  • Day 46: Mid Wairoa Hut to Rintoul Hut

    The day started with a climb. Big climb. Through forest, so pretty boring, no pictures. Halfway in we stopped at Tarn Hut, which is conveniently by a tarn. Then up we went some more. Much more. Lots and lots of wasps. They were so thick they’d just run into you. No stings, but it was […]

  • Day 45: Hunter’s Hut to Mid Wairoa Hut

    Today started off with a surprise. When we went to bed last night there were 3 of us. When we woke up there was a 4th. A kiwi guy had snuck in just after we all passed out (he said he got in at 9:45pm). After some food and pleasant conversation, the 3 of us […]

  • Day 44: Red Hills Hut to Hunter’s Hut

    Today was pretty challenging. Lots of up and down, various terrain types, including a large terrible boulder field and some squishy boggy goodness. Oh and some steep rock sidles hanging over cliffs for good measure. Last night Christine and John (just2hikers) showed up and we’re probably going to be pacing each other all through this […]

  • Day 43: St Arnaud to Red Hills Hut

    My pack is so heavy. So. Heavy. But I did manage to cram everything inside it! I was expecting to have to have stuff hanging off the outside to get all of the food in. But nope, it’s all inside. Today started off fairly boring. Road walk. I half heartedly tried to hitch but really […]