Day 21-23 – Rest days

Due to a big system of unseasonably wet and cold weather I have been forced to wait it out. The next section, Arthur's Pass National Park, has many unbridged river crossings and some of the biggest I will encounter on the trail. The river levels rise quickly and I would have been forced to wait …

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Day 20 – Nelson Lakes – Anne Hut to Boyle Village

Anne Hut to Boyle Village - 31kms Total - 360kms I set off at my usual start time of 7am after saying goodbye to Curtis and Janet. They are not going all the way out today and are stopping at Boyle Flat hut where Curtis' wife Antonia is coming in to meet them. I had …

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Day 13 – Richmond Ranges – Porters Creek Hut to St Arnaud

Porters Creek Hut to St Arnaud - 26kms Total 244kms I set off first this morning knowing I had a big day ahead. Before I left we had a group photo outside the hut. I think we will catch up again down the line. Clockwise - Curtis (taking photo), Molly, Ardie, Matt, Dave and me. …

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Day 12 – Richmond Ranges – Top Wairoa Hut to Porters Creek Hut

Top Wairoa Hut to Porters Creek Hut - 19kms Total 218kms The rain had stopped but it was still misty and low visibility. After pulling on my 'still wet boots' we were climbing up to Mt Ellis summit straight out of the gate. For some time there was no real track to follow and only …

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