The Routeburn and the Kepler are two of the most popular tracks in NZ. It is impossible to get a reservation for a campsite or a hut, so instead we decided to just bash them out in one day each instead of three. And to avoid having to get a bus 300km from Glenorchy we […]
I have long wanted to traverse the pylon and the cascade saddle – reputed to be the most beautiful pass in NZ – but had been put off by the multiple fatalities that have occurred when people have slipped on the path, as well as not having had the right conditions to make the ascent.
We had originally intended doing a longer tour through the makarora region, but the stories about people dying on the rabbit pass had put me off! So instead we settled for a wonderful wander up the Gillespie pass and over to Lake Crucible…. one of the finest days I have had in the mountains in
I had a wonderful time in the Nelson Lakes Park last year, but sadly the weather was pretty crap so I didn’t get to see much. Given Papa Scout and I had got out of the Richmond Range well ahead of schedule, we decided to continue on and do a variant of the Travers Sabine
My hiking buddy Manu has turned up from France to join me on some of the more interesting trails in the South Island, starting with the Richmond range – described as a route only for experienced hikers and not to be attempted in bad weather. Manu was a bit sceptical when I told him
Hubby and I compromised on another hiking trip….half my usual distance and twice his! We planned to join up the popular tongariro northern circuit with the lesser known ruapehu round the mountain track, and we almost made it happen! Day 1 – Whakapapa to Oturere – 24km The advantage of starting at whakapapa is