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10.3. Valley walk

Lazy sunny morning! ☀ We had a late start as we enjoyed the sun this morning and somehow it was difficult to leave our pretty camping spot. The trail followed a wide valley, with green hills and a little river. The trail turned out to be quite muddy at some places. I took one false […]

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8.3. Climbing Mt. Prospect

A cold morning, shoes were still wet, socks soaking… Nevertheless, we packed our backpacks and hiked on! When we were finally getting some sun, we took a small break. At lunch time, we stopped to dry the tent and to have a little snack. The trail split just about 15min before we would have reached […]

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6.3. Rainy Day ☔

Starting from our pretty camping spot in the morning, we started to walk towards the Pakituhi Hut. It rained quite a lot…. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the walk along the mountain ridge! When we arrived at the hut, we had some lunch and enjoyed reading the Antics book. Antics is a tramping club at the University […]

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4.3. Town Day

This morning, we started to repack everything for the next hiking section. We bought food for eight days. Mixing the oats in the sun at the campground was fun. We gave away some brown sugar to a French guy who was travelling by bike. He was already travelling for five years! He rode his bike […]

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2.3. Relaxing Hiking Day

Only 5 hours of hiking today ?! We left the Highland Creek Hut at about 9am. It was a very nice and relaxing walk to the Furn Burn Hut. When we reached the hut we enjoyed the sun on the porch. An Australian woman was already there. We had some lunch and pre-dinners ? Later, […]

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28.2. Meeting a lot of TA Hikers!

We had our breakfast inside the tent with about 1000 sandflies starring at us! We were really glad to leave Sandfly-Macetown. We read a sign saying that it is supposed to be easier to just follow the river in the valley instead of following the actual TA trail. It was a really sunny day so […]

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26.2. Queenstown -> Arrowtown

After a very rainy day + night, it followed a pretty day with a lot of sunshine ☀ We slept in, did some laundry in the morning and enjoyed the sun while having breakfast. Then we left the campground and went to Queenstown. We tried another burger place ? Devil’s Burger were also quite nice […]

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24.2. Route Burn Track

We took a day off from hiking the TA today! Instead, we started to hike the Route Burn Track at 5am ?. As this trail is one of the Great Walks in New Zealand, bookings for all huts along the trail are required. Since we didn’t do that, we planned to do the whole 32km […]

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22.2. Blue sky and snowy mountain tops

Blue sky and still snow on the top of the mountains. A perfect hiking day! We had a great oat meal on the porch of Taipos Hut while enjoying the sunshine. Then, take a guess what we did next: We continued hiking on the TA ?. The trail was quite muddy and mossy, so Timo […]

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20.2. Getting to Careys Hut

We continued hiking along the TA in the morning. As the trail got really muddy and bushy, we decided to switch back to the road we walked on before. The road walking was quite easy but boring. After a few kilometres we took a break. When we saw a camper van coming closer, we decided […]

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18.2. Day off in Te Anau

We took a zero today! Our first whole day off the trail ? We slept in, had a good breakfast and rented some bikes to go on a ride. We thought exploring the surroundings of Te Anau by bike is a good alternative to hiking ? ? Afterwards, we went shopping for the next section […]

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16.2. Aparima Hut -> Lower Princestor Hut

12th hiking day (16.2.) All three of us – Selma, Timo and me – left the Aparima Hut at about 10am. Pretty late start but only 16 km to hike today ?. So we were looking forward to have an easy day today but it turned out that it took forever to cross the open […]