Author Archives: Stuart Fleming

About Stuart Fleming

Just a guy who likes to walk and write.

I’m still alive!

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Amazing how flat a map is when it’s spread out on the floor of a warm and comfortable lounge. Gives an impression that a proposed route will be a stroll through … Continue reading

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My head hurts

For two reasons… but firstly, an update: After leaving the fabulous ‘kept me dry and warm’ Trail Angels called Chris and Sharon I walked up (and down) a very steep hill – with fabulous views – to Havelock. I now … Continue reading

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Queen Charlotte complete

Quick update: it’s been a whirlwind couple of days! The friendly team at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry and L.A.Fitness got me all sorted across the water. I walked the treadmill the entire sailing, much to the amusement of many of … Continue reading

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Before and after pics: shoes

It was by accident I started this adventure with shoes strongly recommended by other long-distance trekkers: Merrell Moab Ventilators. I’d already had them about a year. They were comfy and grippy and light. I’d got them cheap from an outdoor … Continue reading

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Walking on water

Whenever a Scout or student has asked how am I going to get from Wellington to the South Island, I put on a serious face (you may find that in itself hard to believe) and say “Swim!”. Of course, I’m … Continue reading

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One island down – one to go

From Pukerua Bay (thanks Rachel!) the day was filled with big hills (Colonial Knob and Mount Kaukau), gales, bits of rain and a young couple late-returning from an orienteering event in the forest. The views were stunning, the strong winds … Continue reading

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Body weary

Today was #56 of walking, strolling from Waikanae to Pukerua Bay. It was very difficult to get going this morning. Yesterday it was blowing a gale and bucketing down so I chose to spend the day at Clive and Jackie’s, catching … Continue reading

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Windy, and not even to Wellington yet!

A whirl-wind week of walking (how’s that for alliteration?) has seen me chew through some serious kilometres. From Turakina Beach I was ambushed in the forest by a herd of noisy Marton Scouts on bicycles. They escorted me – well, they … Continue reading

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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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