Sorry, this entry is only available in German: Tag 1: Whakapapa Village -> Waihohonu Hut Wir haben unseren Van in Whakapapa Village geparkt. Hier kann man kostenlos und zeitlich unbegrenzt parken. Auf dem Parkplatz hieß es dann Sachen packen und los geht’s! Zuerst sind wir zu den Taranaki Falls gewandert, wirklich sehr schoene und beeindruckende Wasserfälle. […]
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 […]
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. Yesterday after work we still had enough time to buy a […]
To raise our travel budget, we needed to find a job, and what’s better than kiwi fruit picking in New Zealand? As we have to finance our sweet green van and all our NZ adventures, we definitely needed to find a job at one point. Fruit picking was on my “to do list” anyways and […]
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 […]
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 hike into Abel Tasman National park belongs to the great walks. It follows the coastline for about […]
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. The hunters that arrived yesterday really late left the hut at around 5am. We had the whole hut for us during our breakfast. The hut is at 1200m and we started with our down jackets on. During the descent […]
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 […]
Today was one of the longest days we had so far on the trail, and definitely on this section. From the Tarn Hut we went over Rintoul Hut to the Old Man Hut. At no point we’ve been under 1000m and 10 hours walking time. Once the fire wasn’t burning anymore, it got freezing cold […]