Today we climbed the highest peak in the North Island: Mount Ruapehu. It is an active volcano, because of its volcanic activities over the last thousands of years, it has many peaks. Of course we climbed the highest one: Turangi Peak with 2797m. We have tried to ascend the peak already 3 weeks ago, but we had to turned around about a hundred metres before reaching the summit. The weather turned and we had no views at all.
The word weekend is unknown to kiwi fruit pickers. If we get a day off it’ll be a rainy day. Today was a rare occasion as we had no work and the sun was shining. I think we made the best out of it.
To raise our travel budget, we needed to find a job, and what’s better than kiwi fruit picking in New Zealand?
We returned our rental car 2 hours before we departed from the airport. The rental company provided a shuttle, that was pretty cool. When we arrived at the airport, we wanted to get to our gate. We couldn’t find it. Such a small airport! They just controlled our tickets, and then we were on the runway. No security check! Though it was forbidden to take pictures.
We spent our second day off in the Abel Tasman National Park. A lot of people have told us about Abel Tasman and its pretty sandy beaches. And to see it with own eyes was even better!
The goal of our first day off was Mt. Arthur. Unfortunately, the weather turned out worse than expected. But we developed a great back up plan!
When we finished the TA, we thought it would be great to have a small hiking break. Therefore, we welcomed the opportunity to help out in the garden of a kiwi couple in exchange for food and accomodation. Staying with them close to Nelson, we did something useful and at the same time we could relax from the trail and explore the area around Nelson.
The Te Araroa hike is going to an end. You can read in this post how we did on the last days.
Today was a very and sunny day. From the Starveal Hut it was mostly just downhill.
Today we started hiking from the Old Man Hut with the intention to reach the Starveall Hut. For his tramp we needed to cross a few peaks: Old Man, Slaty Peak and Mt. Starveall. It was a beautiful hike and we had good views at all times. Unfortunately, it was just quite windy and at one time, the wind even blew me over and I fell on the ground.