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Day 31-35: Goat Pass Hut to Comyns Hut. 2192km-2292km - 🥾Te Araroa Trail - The South Island 🇳🇿

Day 31/64 🥾Te Araroa Trail - The South Island 🇳🇿

📍Supported by ZOLEO @zoleolifeeurope #ChallengeWithZoleo

Final part of Deception Track, Harper River Track & Klondyke Track.

ℹ️Stats: Wednesday 31st January

Weather: hot & sunny ☀️

From: Goats Pass Hut

Start time: 8.55am

To: Bealey Hut

End time: 5.45pm

Accommodation: bottom bunk - 6 bed hut

🥾Km: 15.9

🦶Steps: 20,392

Total Km: 2212/3028 = 73% ✅

💰Costs: $45.90 - Cobb salad with bacon & chicken. With Eaton mess for dessert and a coke. Bealey Hotel

Subjective feeling out of 10 on:

Enjoyment: 8/10 - today’s been another great day. 👍

Fatigue: 4/10 - feeling great after a big lunch 😋

Ease of terrain: 5/10

⭐️Highlights: started a little later as no real rush - plus the valley was going to be in shade - which I don’t like. The weather through Arthur’s Pass has been amazing 🤩. stopping for lunch at the Bealey Hotel & chatting with Peter (🇳🇿) before walking on to the hut.

🏔️Challenges: the section from Klondyke corner Campsite to the Bruce bridge was unmarked - not nice walking. So I made my way to the bridge on SH73 and crossed there instead of crossing the river.

💭Thoughts: the rain is coming!!! Not much I can do about it. I’ll be at Hamilton Hut when it hits and will have to make a decision then. Either have a chilled day at the hut and wait it out or push on through.


Day 32/64 🥾Te Araroa Trail - The South Island 🇳🇿

📍Supported by ZOLEO @zoleolifeeurope #ChallengeWithZoleo

Arthur’s Pass to Rakaia River

ℹ️Stats: Thursday 1st February

Weather: blue skies & sunny ☀️

From: Bealey Hut

Start time: 7.25am

To: Hamilton Hut

End time: 2.45 pm

Accommodation: bottom bunk in a room for 10 people.

Terrain: really nice track, some rooty ups & downs a few streams to cross. Very nice walking.

🥾Km: 10.6

🦶Steps: 13,566

Total Km: 2227/3028 = 73.5% ✅

💰Costs: $0 🥳

Subjective feeling out of 10 on:

Enjoyment: 8/10

Fatigue: 3/10

Ease of terrain: 5/10

⭐️Highlights: 😍The views looking back at Arthur’s pass were stunning, lovely walk. Feeling very chilled and relaxed 😎 Hamilton Hut is lovely 🥰 also really packed with trampers. (Peter 🇳🇿, Curt 🇺🇸🇳🇿, Barb🇨🇦, Erika 🇸🇪 @erikahikes, Olia 🇩🇪, Clem 🇫🇷, Marcel 🇩🇪, + others, but I can’t remember their names!) Good atmosphere. I also had a hot dinner which is rare for me. Wildneeness stew with mashed potato - delicious. 😋

🏔️Challenges: none walking today. Until I tried to sleep - the snoring and farting 💤💨 plus it’s super hot in here. You cant open the windows or else the sandflies get in.

💭Thoughts: the weather all changes tomorrow- rain - rain and more rain 🌧️ . so it’s going to be an early start tomorrow to so the next stretch and then I plan to hitch to Methven (and avoid a 24km road walk - which in the notes says “Take extreme care, this road has a 100km/h speed limit, and drivers are often not expecting walkers.”)


Day 33+34/64 🥾Te Araroa Trail - The South Island 🇳🇿

📍Supported by ZOLEO @zoleolifeeurope #ChallengeWithZoleo

ℹ️Stats: Friday 2nd February & Saturday 3rd Feb (rest day)

Weather: cold rain all day 🌧️

From: Hamilton Hut

Start time: 6.25am

To: Methven

End time: 4pm

Accommodation: the brown pub

Terrain: rocks, more rocks, water, mud, rivers, streams, 4wheel drive very rough track

🥾Km: 16

🦶Steps: 20,383

🚗Ride share to Methven (van with 11 other hikers) Alec - Methven Shuttle / best to text!

Total Km: 2275/3028 = 75% ✅

💰Costs: ride share $60

Accommodation $100 (2 nights)

Food resupply $101 - Friday

Food resupply $70 - Saturday


Subjective feeling out of 10 on:

Enjoyment: 4/10 - I had to average it out - dropped to 2 and a high of 7/8 when warm and dry in the van

Fatigue: 3/10 - not tired - but the cold. 🥶

Ease of terrain: 4/10

⭐️Highlights: Peter arranging the shuttle for us (Barb, Erika, Curt, & me) - we then picked up more hikers and got to catch up with destroyer again

🏔️Challenges: felt like I was going to die - it was so cold. 🥶 lips went blue. Was not able to stop walking or else I would have been in trouble.

💭Thoughts: what a day! So glad to get warm again. Plus arranged for a shuttle for the Sunday to get to the next section!

Saturday was a total rest, and I didn’t do anything apart from lie in bed, FaceTime the family, sort out my gear and do social media 🥳


Day 35/64 🥾Te Araroa Trail - The South Island 🇳🇿

📍Supported by ZOLEO @zoleolifeeurope #ChallengeWithZoleo

Rākaia River to Rangitata River

ℹ️Stats: Sunday 4th February

Weather: sunny & windy 🌬️

From: Methven - shuttle to trail head

Start time: 8am collection by shuttle, 9.15 from trail head

To: Comyns Hut

End time: 2.30pm

Accommodation: mattress - top bunk

Terrain: easy track, 4WD, grassy. Really nice walking

🥾Km: 14.4

🦶Steps: 18,406

🚙 to trail head - 2276km marker

Total Km: 2292/3028 = 76% ✅

💰Costs: $60 shuttle to trailhead.

Subjective feeling out of 10 on:

Enjoyment: 7/10 - a really pleasant and beautiful day 😀

Fatigue: 3/10

Ease of terrain: 3/10 one of the easiest day on trail

⭐️Highlights: getting a bed at the hut. I felt for sure I was going to be camping. 🏕️ (which still would have been ok) but it does make life easier to stay in a hut.

🏔️Challenges: none

💭Thoughts: I’ve got a rough plan for the next 2 days. I can either get the shuttle on the 6th at 4/5pm (if there is room - it’s full at the moment - but someone may not turn up). If I can’t get the shuttle, I’ll walk another 3k down the road and stay at the lodge and then get a shuttle on the 7th at 3pm. So it’s a win/win for me whatever happens. 👍



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