The first order of business was to get to our safety briefing with the Taumarunui Canoe Company. This mainly involved showing us pictures of things we will run into (preferably not) on the Whanganui journey.
After that we went back into town and started for Owhango and the beginning of the 42nd Traverse.
The day was magnificent with clear skies, views of Mt Doom, and snow on Ruapehu.
To hot for me to be walking on the road though. At the Owhango 39 Café I drank a ginger beer, peach drink, and a powerade in quick succession before I felt normalish.
Thus far it looks like the 42nd Traverse will be a lot easier than expected. What was in the notes a 3 to 4 day hike is looking like it will be a 2 day hike. That sort of screws up the planning somewhat but since I have booked the river journey already there is little I can do about it now.
It should improve my odds of surviving the 42nd Traverse though as we have passed 3 goat and 3 deer hunters so far.
- The piece of string they give you at the canoe briefing isn’t for people who fidget. It’s for holding your sunglasses on.
- Don’t buy fruit for your canoe journey that you won’t start until a week later.
- Once you get out of Taumaranui you’ll go through a town called Piriaka. At the end under the bluff is the town water supply from a spring. You can help yourself.
- The notes are sometimes a little dubious when it comes to track times.
These maps are for interest only. The current maps are available at Te Araroa Trust’s website and are updated each September with the most current route.