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Published: December 7th 2014
Where it all started
No, the walk was not just 5 mins!
Wow where to start.. First off, if anyone of you reading this should ever get the chance of doing a multiple days walk you should absolutely go for it. The Heaphy Track was the most memorable experience of my New Zealand trip so far. Secondly, always have a tent with you if you're travelling in your own car, it makes you so much more independent. And at last, if you ever get to meet two kiwi girls and you're able to go out clubbing with them, don't hesitate, go for it and prepare for good times.
This to start off, but let me tell you more about the Heaphy track. We didn't have the start we wished, unfortunately the flight to our planned start got called off due to bad weather. But after a couple of phone calls we were able to swap things around with the Department of Conservation (DOC) where we booked all the huts for the hike. So we just decided to walk the other way round than we originally planned to. We weren't very fortunate with the weather either, but it really did not matter that much. In 5 days hiking we got a generous amount
of approximately 5 hours of sunshine! I thought it was much nicer since all the moss turns much greener with all the water falling from the cloudy skies. I thought I'd write down a couple of sections of my diary for you to get a feeling how it was:
Day 2 - Perry Saddle Hut to Saxon Hut
"We had a rainy start today, leaving the hut at 9:15. It was not going to be an exhausting day since we only planned to get to Saxon Hut, 3.5 hours away. We went through stunning scenery with an amazing variety. We decided to have lunch at the small and cosy Gouland Downs Hut and lit a fire. That was a lovely meal. My favourite part of the day came just after lunch: a moss covered forest. It looked absolutely miraculous with the sun peaking through the dense bundle of branches."
Day 3 - Saxon Hut to James Mackay Hut
"Dear me, what a cold night it was! We all took our mattresses to the coal stove and slept there. But it was still freezing cold, Ranger Steve told us that it was not
many degrees outside. And it wasn't that much warmer inside unfortunately.Today we had the most beautiful walk so far, it was very misty which gave the whole scene an incredible atmosphere. Arriving after only approximately 12kms at the brand new (Nov. '14!) Mackay Hut we weren't able to see more than 30 metres. After having lunch the view cleared up and guess what: we can see Heaphy Bluff and the Ocean from here! Fascinating to see that far ahead and knowing that we're going to go there tomorrow. I went for a stroll with my camera and took my compass and map with me. Being curious I went off the track, well aware that it's hard to find the path again. Incredible: ca. 5 metres off the track and you can't see a thing were it is!"
As you can see I came across lots of interesting things on this track. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. As I mentioned before I met two amazing kiwi girls (they're taking awesomeness to a whole new level (they also made me write this..)). It turned out that they went to Christchurch to see Wilkinson, a British
DnB musician. Since I'm into DnB I knew where to go next. We met before the concert and went for a drink and had a mental night in the end! I'm thrilled to have come across people like them.
I didn't stay long in Christchurch, it was too busy for my taste. I'm staying at this place in Akaroa I found after a night camping on Lewis Pass with low temperatures and snow covered mountains surrounding me!
I have absolutely no clue to what adventure I'm up to next, so I might as well just enjoy wherever I am doing whatever I want! Stay tuned, talk to you soon!
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