- Round The World Trip Destination Wish #3: Great Walks in New Zealand
- Milford Track Booked For April 2015
- New Zealand, On The Road Again After a 2 Month Break
- 8 New Zealand Great Walks in 8 Weeks
- Preparing for The Great Walks and Waiting Out Cyclone Pam
- Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk Day 1: Onepoto to Panekire Hut
- Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk Day 2: Panekire Hut to Waiopaoa Hut
- Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk Day 3: Waiopaoa Hut to Marauiti Hut
- Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk Day 4: Marauiti Hut to Hopuruahine Landing
- Wairoa and Taupo, In Between Great Walks
- Tongariro Northern Circuit Day 1: Mangatepopo Hut to Oturere Hut
- Tongariro Northern Circuit Day 2: Oturere Hut to Waihohonu Hut
- Tongariro Northern Circuit Day 3: Waihohonu Hut to Whakapapa Village
- Wellington, Christchurch, Mount Cook, and Queenstown, In Between Great Walks
- Routeburn Track Day 1: Routeburn Shelter to Routeburn Falls Hut
- Routeburn Track Day 2: Routeburn Falls Hut to Lake Mackenzie Hut
- Routeburn Track Day 3: Lake Mackenzie Hut to The Divide
- Milford Track Day 1: Glade Wharf to Clinton Hut
- Milford Track Day 2: Clinton Hut to Mintaro Hut
- Milford Track Day 3: Mintaro Hut to Dumpling Hut
- Milford Track Day 4: Dumpling Hut to Sandfly Point
- Te Anau, In Between Great Walks
- Rakiura Track Day 1: Oban to Port William Hut
- Rakiura Track Day 2: Port William Hut to North Arm Hut
- Rakiura Track Day 3: North Arm Hut to Oban
- Stewart Island, In Between Great Walks
- Kepler Track Day 1: Te Anau to Luxmore Hut
- Kepler Track Day 2: Luxmore Hut to Iris Burn Hut
- Kepler Track Day 3: Iris Burn Hut to Moturau Hut
- Kepler Track Day 4: Moturau Hut to Te Anau
- A Return to Milford Sound
- Coastal Pacific Train, Hitchking, And Nelson, In Between Great Walks
- Abel Tasman Coast Track Day 1: Marahau to Anchorage
- Abel Tasman Coast Track Day 2: Anchorage to Bark Bay
- Abel Tasman Coast Track Day 3: Bark Bay to Awaroa
- Abel Tasman Coast Track Day 4: Awaroa to Whariwharangi
- Abel Tasman Coast Track Day 5: Whariwharangi to Totaranui via Gibbs Hill Track
- Heaphy Track Day 1: Brown Hut to Perry Saddle Hut
- Heaphy Track Day 2: Perry Saddle Hut to James Mackay Hut
- Heaphy Track Day 3: James Mackay Hut to Heaphy Hut
- Heaphy Track Day 4: Heaphy Hut to Kohaihai
- Riding The Tranzalpine Train in New Zealand
- In Review: 69 Days of Backpacking in New Zealand
Previous entry: Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk Day 4: Marauiti Hut to Hopuruahine Landing
After finishing the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, I got picked up by the water taxi from Big Bush Holiday Park. I was supposed to stay at their facilities that night, but they told me that they had no bed for me despite me having booked before going on the trek. I didn’t like this at all, but the owner told me that I could find accommodation at Wairoa, which was where I would board the bus to Taupo the following day anyway. He also didn’t charge me for a few beers that I had had while staying there before the start of the hike, so in the end it seemed fair and not too inconvenient for me.
Wairoa is a small town. I stayed in the ‘backpackers’ room at the Riverside Motor Camp. ‘Backpackers’ is NZ’s way of calling a hostel. Basically a bunch of beds in a shared room. I was lucky I was the only one there, so for NZD 30 I had a whole room to myself. They didn’t provide bed linen though, which was a first for me. I slept with my sleeping bag on top of the mattress. An otherwise pleasant place with clean bathrooms and laundry facilities.
Not many places to eat dinner after 7pm. I ended getting takeout Indian curry and eating it on a bench by the river.
I’ve been very busy planning the logistics of getting from one Great Walk to the next since I arrived in New Zealand. This involves booking buses, hostels, Great Walk huts, and shuttles to/from the treks. I spent most of that afternoon and evening doing that, in addition to getting my laundry done.
The following morning I took the bus to Napier and then connected to Taupo, a town with nice facilities to stock up for the Tongariro Northern Circuit, which I was going to start on one day’s rest. While shopping for food for the trek, I decided to add some dried fruit to the diet to balance all the junky sweet stuff and freeze-dry meals. My knee was pretty swollen and I was walking with a slight limp. If I sat down for a bit and then got up to walk, it would feel very tight. Likewise when I sat down after standing up for a while.
I stayed in a dorm room at the Silver Fern Lodge, which had very new and clean facilities. For some reason though it was pretty empty while I was there. Aside from doing the obligatory chores, I didn’t feel like sightseeing around town at all, so I don’t have any pictures to post here.
The following morning I missed the shuttle bus that would have taken me from Taupo to Whakapapa Village, the start of the 4-day Tongariro Northern Circuit. I wasn’t sure if they had told me the pickup time was 5:30 or 5:50am over the phone, so I went to the company’s website where it said 5:50. After waiting until 6am I called the company and they told me that it was indeed 5:30 and that the shuttle had already left town. I then decided that I’d just skip the first day of the circuit. Supposedly it is the most boring day of the circuit anyway. My knee also welcomed the extra rest. I would end up taking the same shuttle again the following day, but starting at Magatepopo instead of Whakapapa Village.
Next entry: Tongariro Northern Circuit Day 1: Mangatepopo Hut to Oturere Hut