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20.4. Windy day!

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 […]

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19.4 Mt Rintoul

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 […]

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18.4. Attention, slippery!

The trail from the Top Wairoa to the Mid Wairoa hut is said to be very difficult and exposed. This was definitely the case – in addition it was quite slippery. Today we had decided to hike to the Tarn Hut. This meant 2x 4 hours DOC signs. And if they are not true, it […]

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17.4 Mt Ellis

Today, a summit was on the list. However, the weather was already beating us again. After a rest day at the hut, we were looking forward to moving on. From the hut we descended a few meters and then went up 800m. At the end we almost stand on the summit of Mt. Ellis. The […]

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16.4. Day off at Hunters Hut

Relaxing and chilling out at Hunters Hut! Nice day off 😊 According to the forecast there were supposed to be a lot of rain falls for today, so we decided to just take a rest day and stay for two nights at Hunters Hut. I cut Timo’s hair, much to the amusement of Eiji who […]

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New Zealand

15.4 To Hunters Hut

A beautiful day awaited us. But the night wasn’t the best. I woke up in the middle of the night. I laid on the flat ground and just a few breaths were left in my mattress. In the night I became suddenly awake: I laid on the flat ground. I had no clue why the […]

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14.4. Another pretty camping spot

The Richmond ranges are famous for their nice cute huts but somehow we always end up sleeping in a tent 😊 We packed everything to leave our spot. It rained in the morning, so it was a slow process. No mountains were in sight anymore. I think the trail was supposed to be really beautiful […]

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New Zealand

13.4 Into the Richmond Range

It was good to stay in Blenheim for three nights. Since our journey started we never stayed 3 nights in a row at the same place. We stayed there so long because we weren’t sure what to do next: Leave the next section out? Or just continue? The trail in the Richmond Ranges (the next […]

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10.4. Bye bye Nelson Lakes National Park

We were glad to escape the school group and to head back to civilization! The weather was bad but still better than the last forecast said: There was no snow at the hut, only some in the mountains. As we were already so close to the civilization and didn’t have any difficult part ahead of […]

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Te Araroa

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 […]