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BikeHikeSafari by Bikehikesafari - 7h ago

7th December 19.7km National Park 1112.6km to Whakapapa 1132.3km In order to take advantage of the weather window and hit the high alpine areas of Tongariro Crossing at the optimum time, I’m hiking the trail backwards. Walking northbound. I plan to walk northbound for 2 days to link up with my turn around point from […]

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5th-6th December 18.2km + 8.7km retreat Tongariro Holiday Park 1094.4km to National Park 1112.6km. The hail felt like little acupuncture needles pricking my face. I couldn’t see where I was going. My gloves covered my unprotected eyes, not that there was anything to see when I was hiking in the clouds. The 70km/h winds made […]

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BikeHikeSafari by Bikehikesafari - 1w ago

4th December 20.1km Bushcamp 1074.3km to Tongariro Holiday Park 1094.4km The night was filled with light drizzling rain which continued as I had breakfast and packed up my tent. The rain was never hard, just persistent. The upcoming river crossings shouldn’t be running too hard, I thought. It took just over an hour of slipping […]

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BikeHikeSafari by Bikehikesafari - 1w ago

3nd December 42.7km Taumaranui 1031.6 to Bushcamp 1074.3km. If the weather gods are on my side I’ll be canoeing the Whanganui river next week. It’s part of the Te Araroa Trail. Yes, a 150km canoe trip is the trail. Prior to renting a canoe I needed to attend a safety briefing. That how I found […]

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1st-2nd December 25.5km Bennett road Shelter 1006.1 to Taumaranui 1031.6 I woke from my sleep in the hut. It was a small hut with a couple of windows, a small sink with running water and a bench. There was enough room for about 4-6 people to sleep on the floor. But it would be very […]

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30th November 41.7km Piropiro Campsite 964.4km to Bennett road Shelter 1006.1. It was a peaceful morning. No wind and gray sky greeted me with the morning bird calls. One thing about the Timber Trail, it makes for easy hiking. The miles came easy on the easy graded trail. There are no steep hills, puddles of […]

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27th November 19.7km Te Kuiti 871km to Farmer Hut 890.7km A rather late 9am start. Made even later by several friendly locals. For anyone who is not familiar with New Zealand or New Zealanders, let’s call them Kiwis. That how they refer to themselves. Named after a flightless bird that sticks its beaks into the […]

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BikeHikeSafari by Bikehikesafari - 2w ago

26th November 9km Bushcamp 862km to Te Kuiti 871km All of my clothing was wet. I could have dried them by filling boiling water into my nalgene bottle and wrapping the clothing around the bottle. I’ve used this method many times over the years. Or I could take a half day of rest in the […]

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