TA Day 29 | 23 Nov | Meremere (730 km) - Huntly / Remember Then Guesthouse (767 km)
During this day I didn't meet any TA walker, so I spent the whole day all by myself and I must say; I so much enjoyed it. It's never quiet in my head, so I never feel lonely either. I started off around 07:00 and walked along the Waikato river for about 16km, first following farm tracks, the stopbank and some hilly terrain, and after that some roadwalking until I reached Rangiriri. At Cathy's Pie Place I ate a delicious pie, as second breakfast / early lunch, and after a good and long break I continued along the river in the direction of Huntly, again following the stopbank. I was getting tired of all the holes in the farmland and my ankles weren't happy with it either, so I decided to do 8K of roadwalking to reach Huntly. In Huntly I went straight to the MacDonalds to get an icecream, as that was all I wanted after walking 33km in the sun 🍦☀️ I called Judy, the owner of Remember Then guesthouse, not far from Huntly, to check if there was still a place availabe to pitch my tent that evening. She was in town and she could take me to the guesthouse by car! That was a great offer, because I didn't feel like roadwalking for 4,5km to get to the house. Remember Then is an amazing place and I felt at home immediately 🏡🏕 it's places like this one and people like Judy that makes walking the TA even more special. .
I’m not sure what day it is - are we supposed to be stuffing ourselves with dehydrated apple pie or do we #optoutside instead of shopping?! Either way, I’m SO thankful for the last two weeks spent with these goofballs. #NewZealand#KeplerTrack#Tramping
Have baby. Will travel. Travelling with a bub can be a little more work, but if you keep it simple, plan ahead and relax into it, you'll still be able to do all the things you love and make some magical memories with your little one! #travel#tramping#baby#mountcook#tasmanglacier#nz#newzealand @ergobaby
#summer always makes me think about heading across the ditch where the temperatures are a lot more hospitable... but I'm always torn between wanting to get after some alpine objectives or take care of unfinished business on the #teararoatrail . @rideronthestrm and I had a month there way back in 2015, but still have a hefty 2400km to go before we finish the long walk. One day! #newzealand#tongariro#northisland#tramping#greatwalks
Haven't posted in a while. Sealy tarns track ✔️, Mt. Cook. Pure staircase hike which was hard going. Surnburnt, check. Bitten to death by sand flies, check. The view from the top was pretty special though. More photos soon. #hiking#nz#mtcook#aoraki#trampingnz#tramping#travelnz
Day 36 | 24.11.2017 | Waitomo (km 898) — Te Kuiti (km 913)
After yesterday’s exhausting hike, we were both nursing sore knees and so we decided to go for a nero (nearly a zero) and road walk to Te Kuiti. We picked up our food parcel from the YHA nearby and got going. We arrived in town around lunch and enjoyed some polenta chips and roasted vegetables with Bruno & Susi, before checking into the local motel. Some indian takeout later, we were ready for bed. The next section is 160 km long so our packs are filled to the max with food and snacks. Heavy, but it’ll be nice to get into the bush again!
Day 35 | 23.11.2017 | Pirongia West Road (km 855) — Waitomo (km 898)
Today was brutal — our first marathon day (42.8 km) consisted of nonstop hiking from 5.55am until we arrived in Waitomo at 8.05pm. 14 hours of pushing through steep hills and bush in the burning sun meant that the beer at the end of the day tasted so much sweeter. We pitched our tent in the quickly fading sunlight at the local holiday park and gave our aching bodies some well needed rest.
Day 34 | 22.11.2017 | Kaniwhaniwha Stream (km 833) — Pirongia West Road (km 855)
Today was a relatively short day in kilometres but certainly not one lacking in effort. We packed up and got going quite early, initally following the Kaniwhaniwha Stream up to the Tahuanui Track. At first, the trail was wide and well kept, but as the bush got thicker, the trail got thinner and more challenging. After a couple of long sweaty hours, we made it to the Pirongia Summit (959 m). After enjoying some great views from the top, we continued to the Pahautea Hut, the first DOC hut we’ve visited so far on the trail! With its fantastic location, equipped with running water, kitchen facilities and bunk beds, it took a lot of willpower to go against our instinct and push on, as we had arrived early at 2pm, with a lot of hiking still to be done. We continued down the Hihikiwi Track to finally arrive at the bottom, exhausted and ready for bed. We filled up 4 litres of water from the Omanawa Stream and found a nice little spot next to the road to pitch for the night.
Day 33 | 21.11.2017 | Hamilton (km 800) — Kaniwhaniwha Stream (km 833)
After several days of road walking out of Auckland, it was so nice to be back up in the hills again! The Kapamahunga Walkway treated us to some great views as we passed through undulating terrain filled with sheep and cows. As the sun was dropping, we found a great little spot next to a stream to pitch the tent.
Day 32 | 20.11.2017 | Hamilton (km 800)
Zero in Hamilton. Our bodies were probably up for walking today, but it’s the last big town for a while and with some longer stretches in the bush coming up, we thought we’d load up on nutrients and relax. This way, we’ll be 100% ready to smash out some long kilometres in the days to come. We went to @twobirdseatery and had an amazing makeshift breakfast consisting of a series of sides (even though they had some great sounding vegan options on their menu) — sourdough, bbq baked beans, avocado & mushrooms! It was so good, we decided to get lunch as well, which we brought to our room and ate not soon after, as the hiker hunger set in. The rest of the day consisted of picking up our food parcel from the post office, relaxing on the bed and watching some stupid movies. We attempted a shakedown of our gear as well but couldn’t justify sending anything home just yet (except for some minor items)! Sorted out the food for the next section as well — we love to go through it all to ensure we bring enough, but not too much! In the afternoon we enjoyed some delicious beers from the incredibly well stocked @thehamiltonbeerwine — they even had Stigbergets & Omnipollo! Finished off the day with a delicious mexican feast at @flyingburritobrothersnz and enjoyed another beautiful sunset (this time from the comfort of a hotel room).
Just finished our 4 day hike on the Milford Track w/@megarski - it was an incredible experience, where the stars aligned and we had picture perfect weather the entire time in one of the wettest areas on Earth. The word ambiance was used a lot to describe our time walking through these amazing fiords. This walk has a world class reputation for good reason! #milfordtrack#fiordland#blessed#grateful#tramping#livinlavidamelvin
Drove to a farm near Alton knocked off work for my 9 hours rest so I ran to the leisure centre did 80 length and ran back again, no shower so used a out door hose ❄️ sleep then dinner was homemade soup, salad and a homemade curry #training /#triathlon#trucking#tramping