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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 […]

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15.2 First night in a hut

In the morning when we woke up the wind blew heavily. Even bigger branches fall of the trees. We thought it is best to move the breakfast into hut. The other two beside Selma already left early in the morning so there was plenty of space to have breakfast. Sadly it started to rain outside. […]

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14.2 First 1000m peak

10th hiking day Starting very early today – 7.20am – we continued hiking through Mount Linton station farmlands. We experienced our first river crossing today! Nothing spectacular but definitely enough cold water to wake me up ? The trail followed some small country roads with some up and down hill walks. When the trail went […]

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13.2 Mount Linton Station

Today we wanted to start quite early to get to the next campsite which would have been one and a half day away. Unfortunately the early start did not happen. So we already knew that it is not very likely to make it to the campsite. We tried our best but the TA here is […]

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12.2 Farmland and Woodlaw Forest

Yesterday night we enjoyed some beers at the campground in Otautau ? and went to bed quite late. I tried a cider with lemon and mandarin flavor and it had a somehow strange and really sweet taste – actually just perfect for me ? We slept in today and just got everything packed around noon. […]

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11.2 Half day off at Otautau

We have started quite early in the morning (at least for us ?). It was 9.10am when we were hiking on the trail. The english couple and the danish girl already left before. But we have met Selma (the danish girl) one hour later in the forest filtering water at a stream. We joined her […]

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10.2 Reaching Bald Hill 805m

It has been the second day in the Longwoodforest. But the landscape did change much more compared to yesterday. The trail gained a lot of altitude and we have passed several clearances to enjoy the sun and to dry our tent. In the morning we have passed the Martin’s hut where we actually wanted to […]

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9.2 Into the Woods

Hiking day no. 5 After a good night of sleep at Colac Bay campground, we started packing everything and had our breakfast in the campground’s kitchen. We met five TA hikers at the campground, one heading north as well and the others were soon to finish their through hike in Bluff. The girl heading north […]

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8.2 Last beach hike so far ?

Starting our day with wonderful sunshine in the morning, we set of towards Colac Bay. We made it another great and easy-going hiking day ? We enjoyed the sun and took a swim in the sea ?! Sunscreen was definitely our most important and most needed item today ? Reaching the town of Colac Bay, […]

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7.2 Beach, beach, beach as long as you can see

We started the day really late because the tide was getting lower at about 11am. We imagined that the stream we needed to cross would be a little bit stronger but still it is better to have precaution. After the stream crossing,there were another 13km of beach left. That did not seemed to end. A […]

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6.2 Oreti Beach

Yesterday night we supplied for the next 2 days with food. On our way back we saw a macpac store in the city center with a big poster in it: -40% End of summer sale Because today is public holiday we double checked the openings hours. And it was open from 10am on. The morning […]

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5.2 Finally: Te Araroa start in Bluff!

We finally started our hike from Bluff! Many thanks to John and Sharon who provided us a wonderful breakfast and a ride from Invercargill to Bluff ? When Sharon dropped us off at the very start from the Te Araroa we suddenly realized – after weeks of looking forward to this moment – that this […]