Tag: Ultimate Hikes

Milford Track: Day 2, Pompolona Lodge

Tuesday 15, November, 2016. Pompolona Lodge 16kms (10 miles) The rain poured down hard last night – so loudly that it made it tough to sleep. This morning there were glimpses of blue in the sky and the most beautiful birdsong you ever… Read More

Milford Track: Day 1 Glade House

  The following is an extract from my journal… Monday, November 14, 2016 Glade House Well, we started Milford Track today. Not that there was a lot of walking that took place- just under 15,000 steps and 31 floors for the day… Read More

The Track to Milford Sound…

As this post goes to press I’ll be on my way to the airport for a flight to Queenstown. I have the weekend in this fabulous city and then on Monday we tackle the Milford Track. I’ve been to Milford Sound a… Read More

Friday Five…Milford Track and Li Chun

Li Chun. It’s a day in the Chinese calendar traditionally significant for farmers looking for a bountiful harvest. It’s the first day of Spring in the Chinese calendar. The deal is on that day you don’t withdraw money (after a lot of… Read More

5 Reasons I chose a Guided Walk

I have a really big decision to make- Milford Sound or Abel Tasman next…or perhaps that walk near Invercargill that I can never remember the name of…is it Humpbridge? Anyways, while browsing for info yesterday, I found an article about the pleasure… Read More

Some things I learned on Routeburn…

A good lip balm can’t be rated highly enough. The same goes for sunscreen- the sky is closer and the air purer here. Very little tastes better than water running from a clean mountain stream. Sometimes downhill all the way isn’t a… Read More

Routeburn Track Day 3: same, same, but oh so different…

another entry from my diary… There was almost a party atmosphere in the lodge this morning. We all know that this is it- just 10kms between us and the end. Just 3-4 hours of walking and, aside from leaving camp (and I… Read More

Routeburn Track Day 2: One Perfect Day

The following is straight from my personal diary…I’ve just deleted most references to people…and the really personal bits 😉 So, yesterday was hard. Today was harder…but the scenery was more expansive, more magnificent, more spectacular, more…insert your own superlative. There were also… Read More

Routeburn Track Day 1: 50 shades of green…

My back hurts, my legs hurt, I can’t feel my feet, but I am now warm and dry- just 30 minutes ago I wasn’t… That’s how I opened my Day 1 Routeburn Track journal entry. I then went on to write: Where… Read More

The Route to Routeburn…

I blame Bear Grylls. Although, to be fair, he didn’t start it- not really. It was the guy that we dropped off at Glenorchy that day back in February on the Nomad Safari tour that really started the germ of the idea…. Read More