Te Anau and stunning Milford Sound. Off-trail.

​Day 124. Te Anau. 0km. Total 2772km. Off-trail.  Spending a very relaxing day in Te Anau, reading, watching a DVD, washing, walking around to a bird sanctuary and along Lake Anau and of course: eating!  Day 125. Te Anau – Milford Sound -Te Anau. 0km on trail. Today we will be driven around, in a…

Queenstown to Te Anau. Back into the mud!

​Day 121. Queenstown – Taipo Hut. 24km. Total 2700km. Party Queenstown kept me awake during the night with a lot of music and party going on just in front of the YHA, not easy to sleep if you are used to quiet huts in the wilderness!  Today we have a shuttle picking us up at…

Roses Hut to Queenstown. Frozen x 3.

​Day 119. Roses Hut – Arrowtown. 23km. Total 2648km. Frozen. Today we start a bit later, we will walk through a river and if we start early it will be even colder. Later means actually that we start at 7.30am, seems we are just ready anyway!   One more saddle of more than 1200m to…

Top Timaru Hut to Wanaka. Mountains and food!

​Day 113. Top Timaru Hut – Pakituhi Hut. 24km. Total 2549. Another night of not sleeping as my knees hurt. I promise myself to go and see a doctor in Wanaka…. The wind was blowing the whole night and I was happy to be in the hut well sheltered. All 7 of us in the…

Twizel to Top Timaru Hut. Windy but great days. 

​Day 111. Twizel – Sawyers Creek Bridge. 35km. Total 2478km. Yesterday evening we had a nice dinner in a pub with Mark and Pall, eating homemade smoked salmon as burger, so yummy! Maybe it was the cider, but I finally slept well, mainly because I managed to sleep on my back so my knees wouldn’t…

Camp Stream hut – Tekapo – Twizel. 

​Day 108. Camp Stream – Lake Tekapo. 35km (hitchhiked about 15km). Total 2389km. Another night I didn’t sleep well. As Tekapo is known as the best area for star gazing I was hoping to see at least the stars but after a clear blue sky the whole day it was overcasted at night. As I…

Arthur’s Pass to Methven. Good and more bad. 

​Day 102. Arthur’s Pass – Trailhead – Harpers River / Avoca river. 26km+10km by car. Total 2209km. The rest day was good for my knee, but I feel a bit anxious about the trail and the coming river crossings. Tim met a nice guy living at Arthur’s Pass who drives us in the morning to…