1744 – 1773 Smiths Farm

Continued on our very relaxing walk with a 7:45AM start. From Black Rock Camp, on the last day of the Queen Charlotte track, we were supposed to finish the day at Anakiwa but continued to Smiths Farm. The weather had changed back to sunshine, my pack felt very light, and the only slight downer about the […]

1690 – 1702 Island Bay

As I said yesterday navigating via the TA markers and the GPS is excruciating but we tried our best until we were almost at Island Bay and then just made it up. Strangely we passed an old zoo enclosure on the way. Island Bay is the official end of the TA in the North Island […]

1657 – 1690 Wellington

Leaving Porirua the first thing you climb up on the way to Wellington is called Colonial Knob. I’m not sure who named but I like to think they had a sense of humour. From there we dropped down into the Ohariu Valley and then up Old Coach Road to the top of Mt Kaukauna where […]

1631 – 1657 Porirua

Today started out well but ended up a little wet and expensive by the time we got to Porirua. From Paekakariki we went up the Paekakariki Enscarpment in stunning weather and followed it around the coast until reaching Pukerua where we turned sharply left an towards Porirua, wind, and rain. It was almost like the […]

1611 – 1631 Paekakariki

Sometimes you just have fantastic day and today is one of those. The walk to Paekakariki was great. Having skipped the Tararuas, due to the weather, Silvan and I picked up the track at Waikanae. Good track too. Following the Waikanae River the track wound down to the Otaihanga scenic reserve and then out to the […]