On the adventure, my timetable looked like this:
21 Nov: Flew Christchurch to Kaitaia, got a ride to Cape Reinga, walked 30 minutes. Camped.
22 Nov: Walked the beach (28km-ish). Camped.
23 Nov: Walked the beach (28km-ish). Camped.
24 Nov: Walked too much of the beach! (38km-ish) Camped at Ahipara.
25 Nov: Rest day. Camped at Ahipara.
26 Nov: Herekino Forest. (33km) Camped at Takahue Domain.
27 Nov: Raetea Forest. (21km-ish) Camped at Mangamuka picnic area.
28 Nov: Mangamuka Forest. (25km) Camped at Mangapa.
29 Nov: More Mangamuka Forest + almost to Kerikeri (37km) Hosted by Wheatley’s in Kerikeri.
30 Nov: Rest day in Kerikeri. Hosted again.
1 Dec: Last part into Kerikeri with light pack (17km), then doctor’s visit. Hosted.
2-4 Dec: Recuperating. Hosted.
5 Dec: Kerikeri to Paihia with light pack. Ferry to Russell – camped.
6 Dec: Still not 100% – rest. Camped in Russell.
7 Dec: Blister size of Texas dealt to at doctor. Recuperation. Upgraded (thanks Top 10 Holiday Park Russell!) to small cabin.
8 Dec: Recuperation in Russell.
9 Dec: Recuperation in Russell. Decision to relocate to Auckland by bus and get everything sorted from there, returning to complete the far north soon…
10 Dec: Bussed to Auckland, hosted by Melissa.
11 Dec: Re-dressed the hole in my heel (starting to heal up nicely). Tagged along to a Xmas bbq and experienced my first Auckland version of the Christmas in the Park concert. Hosted.
12 – 18 Dec: Physio appointments, catching up with friends, giving shin and heel time to improve. Hosted.
19 Dec: Walked the Coast to Coast trail, from Auckland’s Queen’s Wharf to Onehunga (16km) in the p-o-u-r-i-n-g rain. Hosted.
20 Dec: Drying out. Hosted.
21 Dec: Onehunga to Manukau (29km) Hosted.
22 Dec: Manukau to Cleveden (30km) Hosted.
23 Dec: Christmas preparations. Hosted.
24 Dec: Clevedon to Upper Mangatawhiri Dam. Camped.
25 Dec: Upper Mangatawhiri Dam to Mangatawhiri. Camped.
26 Dec: Mangatawhiri to Waikato River near Meremere. Camped.
27 Dec: Waikato River near Meremere to Rangiriri. Hotel.
28 Dec: Rangiriri to Huntly. Hosted by Maria in Hamilton.
29 Dec: Drying out in Hamilton. Hosted.
30 Dec: Huntly to Ngaruawahia and almost into Hamilton. Hosted.
31 Dec: Through Hamilton to Mystery Creek Event Centre for the 19th NZ Scout Jamboree. Camped.
1-5 Jan: Jamboree. Camped.
6-8 Jan: Preparation/recuperation in Auckland. Hosted.
9 Jan: Ride to Paihia, ferry to Russell. Camped.
10 Jan: Walked Russell to trig on Russell Track. Camped.
11 Jan: To Whangaruru. Camped.
12 Jan: To start of Morepork Track. Camped.
13 Jan: To Whananaki and then Sandy Bay. Unexpectedly hosted at Tutukaka.
14 Jan: To Ngunguru and then Mackerel Track. Camped.
15 Jan: To Parua Bay. Hosted in Whangarei.
16 Jan: Rest day.
17 Jan: Whangarei to Marsden Point to Ruakaka. Unexpectedly hosted.
18 Jan: Ruakaka to the middle of the Brynderwyn’s. Camped.
19 Jan: To Mangawhai Heads. Camped
20 Jan: Down the coast to Pakiri Beach. Camped.
21 Jan: Over Mt Tamahunga to Matakana. Hosted.
22 Jan: Short day: Matakana to Warkworth in the rain. Hosted.
23 Jan: Long day: Warkworth to Orewa via SH1 in the torrential rain. Hosted.
24 Jan: Over Whangaparoa Peninsula to Browns Bay. Hosted.
25 Jan: Down the North Shore Coast Track to Devonport. ‘Missing part’ complete! Hosted.
26 – 31 Jan: Laundry, sleep, blog updates plus flight to Wellington and back for the board meeting of Scouts NZ. Hosted.
1-2 Feb: In Hamilton, preparing for leg to Wanganui. Hosted.
3 Feb: Mystery Creek to Pirongia. Hosted.
4 Feb: Pirongia to Otorohanga. Hosted.
5 Feb: Otorohanga to Waitomo to Te Kuiti. Hosted.
6 Feb: Rest day. Hosted.
7 Feb: Te Kuiti to along Ahuroa Road. Camped.
8 Feb: Ahuroa Road to Pureora Forest Park. Camped.
9 Feb: Up Mount Pureora to Bog Inn Hut.
10 Feb: To Waihaha Hut.
11 Feb: To Kuratau Junction. ‘Squatted’.
12 Feb: To end Ketetahi end of Tongariro Crossing. Shuttle to National Park YHA.
13 Feb: Rest day (hosted up Whakapapa for day). YHA again.
14 Feb: Tongariro Crossing to Whakapapa Village Holiday Park. Camped.
15 Feb: To Mangaturuturu Hut.
16 Feb: To Ohakune YHA.
17 Feb: To Pipiriki. Camped.
18 Feb: To half-way along Wanganui River Road. Camped.
19 Feb: To Wanganui. Hosted.
20 Feb: Rest day. Hosted.
21 Feb: Bus to Auckland for Scout-specific conference.
22 Feb: Conference + the Christchurch earthquake news 😦
23 Feb: Conference.
24 Feb: Bus back to Wanganui. Hosted.
25 Feb: Logistics. Hosted.
26 Feb: Wanganui to Turakina Beach.
27 Feb: To Bulls. Hosted.
28 Feb: To Bunnythorpe. Hosted.
1 Mar: Bunnythorpe, around Palmerston North. Hosted.
2 Mar: From Massey University to Levin. (45km!!!) Hosted.
3 Mar: Levin to Waikanae. Hosted.
4 Mar: Rest day. Hosted.
5 Mar: Waikanae to Pukerua Bay. Hosted.
6 Mar: Pukerua Bay to Khandallah (via Colonial Knob and Mt Kaukau). Hosted.
7 Mar: Khandallah to Island Bay. NORTH ISLAND COMPLETE! 🙂 Hosted.
8-13 Mar: Rest and planning. Hosted.
14 Mar: ‘Walked on Water’ – treadmill on ferry crossing Cook Strait. Hosted.
15 Mar: SOUTH ISLAND STARTS! Day 1 of Queen Charlotte Track. Camped.
16 Mar: Queen Charlotte Track. Camped
17 Mar: End of QC Track, onto Linkwater. Hosted.
18 Mar: To Pelorus Bridge via Havelock. Camped.
19 Mar: Along Maungatapu Road. Back to Picton for Scout event. Hotel.
20 Mar: Driven to Nelson. Hosted.
21 Mar: From Nelson over Maungatapu Track to Captain Creek Hut.
22 Mar: Up Mount Fell to Mt Fell Hut.
23 Mar: Up Mt Richmond, down to Top Valley Road. Met by Aaron. Hosted.
24-28 Mar: back to Christchurch (first time since starting this adventure) to rescue items from quake-damaged flat, visit Dad after his surgery and attend the Queen’s Scout Award presentation with the Governor General.
29 Mar: relocated a rental car back to Picton. Hosted by Nicky and Aaron again.
30 Mar: back to Top Valley Road, past Chalice Lake, down to Mid Gaulter Hut.
31 Mar: along Goulter River, then Waiau River. Camped.
1 Apr: to St Arnaud. Hostel.
2 Apr: alongside Lake Rotoiti and up to John Tait Hut.
3 Apr: (daylight savings ended) over Travers Saddle, up to Blue Lake Hut.
4 Apr: heavy, heavy rain. Stayed at Blue Lake Hut.
5 Apr: over Waiau Pass (in the snow!) to Caroline Bivvy.
6 Apr: down Waiau River to link with St James Walkway. Reached Anne River Cullers Hut.
7 Apr: to Boyle River Hut.
8 Apr: chilling at Boyle River Hut (not expected at Boyle Village until tomorrow).
9 Apr: out to Boyle Village. Collected by Janine, Taliya and Kate and whizzed to Hanmer for a soak in the thermal pools and a grocery shop. Hosted.
10 Apr: Back to the Boyle, along to Hope Valley Trail. Reached the Half-Way Shelter.
11 Apr: to Hurunui Hut.
12 Apr: over Harper Pass to Locke Stream (#4) Hut.
13 Apr: down Taramakau River, along to Otira. Hotel.
14 Apr: through Arthur’s Pass to Bealey Hut.
15 Apr: to Hamilton Hut.
16 Apr: down Harper River to Ryton River campground on Lake Coleridge. Camped.
17 Apr: around bottom of lake to Lake Coleridge Village. Camped.
18 Apr: resupply day in Methven, courtesy of Vicki and Jennifer. Camped.
19 Apr: down road to Rakaia Gorge Campground. Camped.
20 Apr: to Pudding Hill Lodge. Hostel.
21-23 Apr: rest (hosted)
24 Apr: Mt Somers (camped)
25 Apr: almost to Arundel (hosted)
[You’ll need to read my book ‘Blisters, Bugs and Abandoned Underwear’ to find out just what happened to stop me short of my goal…]
If I was to continue for the 700km remaining to reach Bluff, I would walk through/near:
Will I ever do that? Time will tell… 🙂