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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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17.2 Back to civilization

The rain was getting heavier over night. I was awake for several times in the night and every time I thought that it sounded like the rain was not only outside. At about 2am two absolutely drunken guys came in and wanted to see what’s up in the hut. They smoked and drank in the […]

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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 […]