Category Archives: Te Araroa

It was a good idea to wait out the rain in Glendu as it nuked down. In the morning there was snow on the tops of the mountains as well.  The road out of Glendu was slightly more productive than the road in and in no time at all we were sitting at the top […]

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Last night was fantastic. It ended at about 10:00pm with Martin (Austrian hemophilia reasearcher) showing us the king of all dances, the slow foxtrot. I showed him my only dance move, which my grandmother taught me, and he instantly recognised it as the Charleston. I have only another 30 or so moves to go. The […]

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OK, I cheated. I wanted to get to Wanaka quickly to but a kindle and do some shopping so Angelynn and I hitched while Silvin walked. Although the kindle purchase failed I still consider the idea successful due to having a rest day and buying new underwear and boot creme. I am unsure whether my […]

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At some point someone worked out that we did roughly 2000m of elevation changes today. It certainly feels like it. The first order of the day was 9.7km of rough terrain down the banks of the Timaru River until reaching a path that the notes say,”climbs steeply to the treeline” in a classic peice of […]

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Nice sunrise, long day. We tried to get out early as there was a buildup of T.A. walkers at the river. Further up the valley we found out there was about to be a buildup of cyclists as well as the “Pioneer” bike race is on. Angelynn wanted to take a slightly alternative route, basically […]

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Humans are an interesting species. Apparently very social. This must be true as out of the 4 acres of empty campsite, the french set up right next to me last night and then proceeded to wake up at 6:00am and make a hell of a racket.  It could be said that I didn’t want to […]

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Just about everything in Twizel is named after McKenzie  (drive, cafe, motors, etc…). This doesn’t detract from the town at all. Twizel, at first visit, has been a fantastic town. Leaving was a shame but we have to be moving on. Can’t say I am very energetic today but the next stop is only 20kms […]

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I’m not completely sure what happened but some people we passed yesterday were going to Tekapo to ride bycicles to Lake Ohau with Angeline. They turned up shortly before dark with the plan to get up today at 5:00am to walk the last 16km before 10:00am when the bycicle arrived at Tekapo. A plan I […]

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I have no idea why we walked so far today. We started at 7:30AM and reached Royal Hut at about 10:30AM to begin our ascent of Stag Pass. This was protracted but wasn’t as bad as expected. It was windy at the top though so instead of walking the ridgeline as so many recommended we […]

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Left Geraldine fully powered by the influence of two pies and a coffee. Actually the pies weren’t that good although the ‘world famous’ venison pie was slightly better than the steak and mushroom. I should have got the ‘world’s largest burger’ last night but I chickened out. Not even I can justify eating a 2kg […]

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