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Day 31-35: Taumarunui Canoe Camping to Ngaporo Campsite. 1047km - 1275km - 🥾Te Araroa Trail - The North Island 🇳🇿

Day 31/50 🥾Te Araroa Trail - The North Island 🇳🇿

📍Supported by ZOLEO @zoleolifeeurope #ChallengeWithZoleo

ℹ️Stats: Date: Friday 1st December

Weather: sunny ☀️

From: Taumarunui canoe camping

Start time: 6.50am canoe 🛶 briefing. 8.15am started waking into town to get a hitch to the start of the 42 Traverse. Started at 9.20am

To: Tongariro Holiday Park

End time: 7.15pm

Accommodation: camping 🏕️

Terrain: gravel tracks, muddy & clay paths, nature tracks

🥾Km: 37

🦶Steps: 47,025

🚗 Hitch 1 - into town - Ash 🙏 4K

🚗Hitch 2 - to the SH junction 4K

🚗 Hitch 3 - Darren 🙏to the start of the 42 traverse 1070km

Streams little - 2

River crossings - 2

Total Km: 1109/1715 = 65% ✅

💰Costs: $25 camping 🏕️

Ice lolly $3.50

Total = $28.50

Subjective feeling out of 10 on:

Enjoyment: 9/10 loving life. 🙏

Fatigue: 4/10 - feeling more energetic- end of my period. So the hormones are balancing out again 😀

Ease of terrain: 8/10 tough - but the good type of tough.

⭐️Highlights: the 42 traverse was stunning. I had a perfect day for it.

🏞️Really enjoyed the river crossings. Doing 37km and getting where I needed to get to.

🚎Being told there is a bus that goes at 7am tomorrow- from opposite the holiday park - which will take me to exactly where I need to get to 1115km - start of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

🏔️Challenges: even the muddy sections weren’t horrendous.

🛣️The highway was quite quiet and I ran a few kms to get to the holiday park quicker as I didn’t want to be on the road when the light was starting to go.

💭Thoughts: I’m really enjoying the TA now. Since 700km/Hamilton and skipping the road walking. It’s been epic. I’m really excited for the next few days. 🥳


Day 32/50 🥾Te Araroa Trail - The North Island 🇳🇿

📍Supported by ZOLEO @zoleolifeeurope #ChallengeWithZoleo

ℹ️Stats: Date: Saturday 2nd December

Weather: dry & sunny ☀️

From: Tongariro Holiday Park

Start time: 7am - bus 🚎 (free)

7.30am started the crossing.

To: Whakapapa Holiday Park

End time: 5pm

Accommodation: camped 🏕️

Terrain: 1k gravel road to the start of the park. forest tracks, stairs, screen fields, sandy paths.

🥾Km: 27.6

🦶Steps: 35,491

🚎Bus - Ross 🙏 5k down the SH (7.10am)

Total Km: 1143/1715 = 67% ✅

💰Costs: $23 camping 🏕️

$4.50 ice-cream 🍦

Total = $28.50

Subjective feeling out of 10 on:

Enjoyment: 10/10 🥳

Fatigue: 7/10 - wiped by the end of the day

Ease of terrain: 9/10 - steep scree fields to climb and descend.

⭐️Highlights: well marked path at the start. Beautifully maintained paths. Stunning walk. The emerald lakes, the red crater.

Views of the hot springs & the volcano 🌋. The whole walk was incredible. Plus I had perfect weather - blue skies and sunshine.

🏔️Challenges: none. Perfect day!

💭Thoughts: these past few days have been epic. Incredible experiences. 🙏 Very grateful to be out here.


Day 33/50 🥾Te Araroa Trail - The North Island 🇳🇿

📍Supported by ZOLEO @zoleolifeeurope #ChallengeWithZoleo

ℹ️Stats: Date: Sunday 3rd December

Weather: rainy 🌧️

From: Whakapapa Holiday Park

Start time: 9.45am

To: Monument - just past 1190km

End time: 4pm

Accommodation: Trail Angel Sharon - bed in a garage 🛏️

Terrain: mix of well-formed track, rough tramping track and gravel road.

🥾Km: 29k

🦶Steps: 37,307

🚗 Hitch 1 - Korean Family 🇰🇷 took me to National Park (20k) from 1143 - 1163

Total Km: 1190/1715 = 69% ✅

💰Costs: $40 for the bed, sheets & shower 🚿

Subjective feeling out of 10 on:

Enjoyment: 6/10

Fatigue: 6/10

Ease of terrain: 5/10 - not very challenging. Mostly downhill on nice paths or gravel roads.

⭐️Highlights: Got a hitch in about 3 mins and they took me all the way to National Park. Fisher track was a stunning walk. Beautiful views. Really enjoyed the walk.

🏔️Challenges: the weather wasn’t great. Lots of drizzle 🌧️ during the day and constant rain from 6pm onwards. I’m wondering how this will impact the river? But the weather is the weather and I have no control of it - so will need to wait and see what happens tonight!

💭Thoughts: felt really tired and ill. I had no mojo this morning- it was a struggle to leave the tent. Feel like I’m coming down with a cold. I need a hot lemsip and a warm bed!!


Day 34/50 🥾Te Araroa Trail - The North Island 🇳🇿

📍Supported by ZOLEO @zoleolifeeurope #ChallengeWithZoleo

ℹ️Stats: Date: Monday 4th December

Weather: rainy 🌧️

From: Monument - just past 1190km

Start time: 8.30am collected by canoe company. Started in the canoe at 10.30am

To: John Coull Campsite.

End time: 4.30pm

Accommodation: camped 🏕️

Terrain: River - gentle rapids

🥾Km: 0

🦶Steps: 0

Canoe Km: 35

🚎 bus ride - canoe company (1109 - 1215) Whakahoro - where the canoes get launched from

Total Km: 1252/1715 = 73% done ✅

💰Costs: $16 camping 🏕️

Subjective feeling out of 10 on:

Enjoyment: 6/10

Fatigue:6 /10 - didn’t sleep well last night

Ease of terrain: 4/10

⭐️Highlights: Due to the rain last night. The river is running faster. So we got to camp a lot faster than expected.

🏔️Challenges: the weather. Challenging to get everything packed in the barrels. I’ve bought way to much food for the trip! My bum hurts and I think I’m getting a blister on my left hand.

💭Thoughts: the scenery is stunning - but very similar all the way along. I think it’s going to get boring after a while.

I’m really excited about the next few days and the river adventure 🛶


Day 35/50 🥾Te Araroa Trail - The North Island 🇳🇿

📍Supported by ZOLEO @zoleolifeeurope #ChallengeWithZoleo

ℹ️Stats: Date: Tuesday 5th December

Weather: dry with rainy spells

From: John Coull Campsite

Start time: 8.20am

To: Ngaporo Campsite 🏕️

End time: 6.20pm

Accommodation: camped 🏕️

Terrain: flat calm river, with a few small rapids

🥾Km: 12 * stopped off to walk to the bridge to nowhere

🦶Steps: 15,460

River km: 50km

Total Km: 1275/1715 = 74% Done ✅

💰Costs: $16 camping

Subjective feeling out of 10 on:

Enjoyment: 6/10 - the river not so much, the chat at the campsite with the other hikers was great fun

Fatigue: 8/10 it was a looooong day on the river

Ease of terrain: 4/10

⭐️Highlights: reaching the campsite 🥳. Dinner & banter with the other hikers

🏔️Challenges: my bum hurts from sitting on the seat for so long. I was also getting leg cramps. My lower back also doesn’t like the rowing motion! When it was cold and it started to rain I was not in a happy place.

💭Thoughts: I don’t like being cold and wet. Especially when there is no way to get warm. big days on the river are hard going. The final few kms - ughhh just get me there already!



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