Tag Archives: Te Araroa

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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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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