Monthly Archives: February 2011

Wandering on from Wanganui

It’s been great spending a couple of days in Wanganui. Standing ovation to Dianne (Scout name: Ruru) and Bill (Karu) for their outstanding hospitality and hot shower – makes it very hard to leave 😉 When I first came in … Continue reading

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Walking on shaky ground

Bussed to Auckland from Wanganui? Check. Spent an enjoyable evening catching up with friends and their new kittens? Check. Tried to find a replacement pair of shoes for my trek in downtown Auckland, yet felt overwhelmed by the noise and … Continue reading

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Three months in

On the 21st of November 2010 I started this adventure – today is 21st of February. When I kicked off I thought this wee walk would take me 3-4 months. I guess I was wrong. When I kicked off I … Continue reading

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Man versus Mountain and River

A detour from Te Araroa’s suggested path saw me continue ‘around the mountain’ from Whakapapa Village to Mangaturuturu Hut. This was a big day – probably in the Top 5 most physically strenuous days I’ve had. As far as walking … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day? I’m in love!

February 14 was not a traditional day of chocolates and flowers, yet it contained both. A super-early pickup by AdventureHQ had me dropped to the northern (Ketetahi) end of the Tongariro Crossing. We drove through heavy showers and the sky … Continue reading

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Friendly people everywhere!

As much as this adventure has been about seeing the fabulous countryside, the people I’m meeting along the way are certainly helping make it a memorable journey. Here is a selection of the friendly folk I’ve had the pleasure of … Continue reading

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A wrong makes two rights

It was with a resigned air I left my fabulous ‘holiday’ accommodation and stood at the trig overlooking Te Kuiti. Within a short space of time I was sitting in the Waitomo News offices, being asked by Todd all about … Continue reading

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