It's raining heavily and in combination with the wind it gets once more unpleasantly cold.
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You probably think I fell super happy being so close to Bluff, the weather however makes it not easy Luckily, the rain stops and there's even some sun by the time I reach the final track of Te Araroa, the Foveaux Walkway. The track initially leads through farmland, with sweeping views of the rugged coast. It's all very exposed and the strong wind makes walking on the rough track tricky.
Upon entering a conservation area, the track turns into on a really easy, gravelled track for the last 4 kilometers. My brain wants to fly along the track towards Stirling Point, make it there before the next rain shower. But somehow, my body doesn't feel like playing along. It seems all the energy has vanished. For the last couple of weeks, I've been wondering how I'd feel on these last few meters.
Walking Te Araroa trail: The pleasures and peculiarities - North & South
I assumed they'd emotional - and they certainly are but to be honest my thoughts at this moment mostly revolve around the rain, which is closing in really fast. Will I make it there before the rain? About 1 kilometer from Stirling Point, I have just re-attached my rain cover, it starts pouring down and it is obvious, it wont stop within the next couple of minutes.
On the one hand I'm disapponted to finish in the rain, on the other hand, it makes the finish a bit more All these thoughts however vanish instantly, when the "famous" signpost comes into view. Rain drenched, I touch the pole, with my hands, with my head. I made it, I really made it! All the way from Cape Reinga down to Bluff! Even though I can't get more soaked, I don't stick around too long and try to find a shelter to wait for the rain to ease. A small canopy in front of a public is the only sheltered place I'm able to find.
Well, it might not be a very worthy end of my hike, but I don't care. I'm just happy to be here at Bluff.
Some drunken, funny Kiwis obviously not the birds ; , who are attending a stag party join me and offer me a beer. I gladly accept and so together we stand here under the way too small roof, celebrating. A few minutes later, the rain stops and the clouds disappear. Time to head back to the signpost to finally take some descent photos and ring Karyn and Willie.
We agreed on the Mavora Walkway to call when we arrive in Bluff to cheer for each other. Really nice to hear their voices, especially as there are no other Te Araroans around.
They will stand at this exact time in 5 days. Happy final trail days! It's actually only on the way into town, when I slowly begin realize what I've just achieved Walking basically every step. Jusy a few kilometers on the water and the hitches around the three hazard zones. My flight back to Zurich is in May, which leaves me a bit more than 3 months to further explore this amazing country.
During my hike I received heaps of tips from hikers on the trail as well as from people following my blog what I could do after Te Araroa. Beside checking out a few of these places and hikes, I'm planning on visiting friends that I made while hiking Te Araroa.
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According to other hikers, the tracks are better on the South Island. But you will also encounter tussock country with no trails at all. And then, there are the rivers. They probably the worst and most dangerous parts on the Te Araroa Trail: the river crossings. There are a lot of rivers to walk through or in and when there is a bridge, it may only be a daring looking swing bridge with three steel ropes. And on two occasions you have to hitch around impassable rivers. Lots of previous hikers rave about the huts.
Back in we did some Great Walks in New Zealand and can confirm that.
- Dialektischer Materialismus: Wissenschaftlicher Sozialismus - Die analytische Philosophie (German Edition).
- Davidsbundler, Op. 6 (Lebhaft).
- Reward Yourself!
- Get the RNZ app.
- A High School Poet - Adolescent Verse.
- One Step at a Time: From Cape Reinga to Bluff - Te Araroa Trail by Shalane Hopkins;
- What to expect of the North Island.
There are some huts on the North Island, but the best and most numerous opportunities to stay in one of the huts is on the South Island. On the website of the Te Araroa Trust TAT you find all the information you need, including their history, information about the trail and hundreds of pages with track notes.
What is the Te Araroa Trail? What to expect of the North Island Lots of roads. To us, all of this sounds very promising. What to expect of the South Island Now we talk about the real deal.
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