1218 – 1243 John Coules Hut

Can’t say Taumarunui River Canoes did spectacularly well but they got to us in the end and remembered all our food even if the rope they gave us to tie off was too short to reach the first tie off. Cest la vie.

Anyway. The Whanganui River is fantastic, beautiful, and amazing. Also, I am shit in canoes. The last time I was in a canoe was 20 years ago on the Hokitika and it shows.

Hindsight

  • Eventually Ken got so pissed off with our canoe that Taumaranui Canoes refunded some money. Very nice of them I thought.
  • The Bridge to Nowhere is a nice walk with a not particularly spectacular end.
  • Following the foam is the fastest way. Luke says the foam generally follows the fastest water.
  • Aim for the V.
  • Watch out for the eddies and if they are trying to tip you out then try leaning into them a bit.
  • There are a lot of goats on the Whanganui.
  • It’s hard to take photos while paddling.

Route Maps

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.

1218 – Zero Day

Just another rest day. This one was to miss some rain that doesn’t seem to have eventuated.

I am filling it instead with the somewhat random food from the Blue Duck Cafe. The panini are good but yesterday I bought dinner for $20 without first ascertaining what it was an was given a bowl of rice with some sort of meat on it…..

Cabin fever seems to be edging closer. There is always someone coming in or out or talking. We are dealing with it as best we can. In my case this included a rendition of “We will rock you” played on elastic bands held in toes and teeth with mumbled lyrics.

1201 Р1218 Whakahoro 

Short day and easy walking along the road which must be very hard to keep open.

It only took us about 4hrs to get to Whakahoro and there is a cafe there….although it seems to have curiously little food.

Zero day tomorrow and then we are going to start on the canoe journey.

Hindsight

  • Booking our canoes gave us a timeline….for good or bad.
  • Ask what they are serving before they serve it. Dinner at the Blue Duck Cafe cost us $20 each and we still haven’t figured out what it was.
  • There is internet at the cafe but is is expensive.
  • Some hikers are driven to continue and rile at any delay.

Route Maps

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.