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9.4 Getting close to civilization

It was great to sleep so close to the fire although it got colder in the night. The last two days were exhausting for us. So it was time to have a more relaxing day. The trail followed down the valley past John Tait hut. During lunch we had some nice chats to some keen […]

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8.4. Travers Saddle

Starting from Blue Lake Hut we had another amazing day as we pushed on to go over the Travers Saddle before the snow comes in! We thought it would be a wise idea to keep on doing long days and get over all passes and saddles before the snow is supposed to come. The forecast […]

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7.4 Waiau pass

Today was supposed to be long day. We climbed 1000m up to the Waiau pass with spectacular views. On the way up, we experienced some real rock climbing. We woke up at seven and left at eight. Everything seemed so planned today,  hikers routine kicked in! We had a good walking pace and it was […]

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6.4. Freezing ❄

Cold morning! Everything was frozen when we started hiking. Nevertheless, it turned out to be a pretty sunny day on the trail ☀ Leaving Christopher Hut in the morning, we were surprised how cold it was. Everything outside was frozen. The sky was perfectly blue and no clouds were in sight. After about 15min of […]

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5.4 St James Walkway

It was a good night in the shelter. When we woke up it was still cloudy but not that wet like before. We started our hike at around 8.30am. It was an easy tramping track. But still we weren’t really faster than the times in the DOC signs. At noon we reached the Cannibal Gorge […]

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4.4. Travers Peak

Peak day! We got ready to climb Travers Peak in ok weather but suddenly the weather changed to heavy wind and rain falls ? Definitely not the best time to be up on a mountain ridge! It was cloudy when we started hiking in the morning, neither wind nor rain in sight. We hoped it […]

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3.4 Back to the Backcountry

We enjoyed to be in town and this time we weren’t so happy to be back on the trail. There was so much more we could do. Apply for more jobs, think about the car we’ll buy after the trail. We stayed quite long at the Holiday Park. We met a Scottish NOBO couple and […]

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2.4. Day off in Hanmer Springs

Sleeping in, resupplying and relaxing – the same procedure all over again ?. The best and special part about this day was moving in a cabin for a change! After a good breakfast at the campground, we walked into town. Hamner Springs is a cute little town and is famous for its hot springs ♨. […]

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1.4 Happy Easter ?

We met some messy Kiwis in the hut and had a sunny day while hiking to civilization. It wasn’t a good night at all. The tramping party, that shared the food with everybody else in the hut, stayed in our room. And guess what! One of them snored. And it wasn’t only the snoring: She […]

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31.3 Not the best weather for tramping ☔

Today we had rain nearly the complete day, instead of making breaks, we walked a bunch of kilometers. It was a good decision to be in the hot springs yesterday night. When we woke up, there were sandflies everywhere and it also rained in the night. We were afraid of opening the tent, so we […]