I recently returned from a 4 day hike, covering ~80km.
We were a group of 7, meeting up with the other 2 in our group on the 2nd night.
It was the single largest challenge that I have faced, and called on muscles that I did not know existed!
The official website: www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recr…
The first day was the hardest push - from a starting point of about 100m elevation we continued to the peak of the track at 915m. Uphill the whole day but it provided some amazing scenery such as old-rich forest covered in thick fog & light rain. Not many opportunities to stop for photos, since we were against the clock. We ended up reaching our hut (Perry Saddle Hut) at around 7pm.
The 2nd day was easy by comparison and my favourite. I compare the first-half of the day to that of Rohan in LOTR. Lots of tussock grass, rolling hills with golden light and misty low-cloud lingering by with blades of light leaking through to reveal a wonderful landscape. The second half of the day revealed a push into the forest, complete with a cave along the way. Upon reaching our hut we could see our final destination in the far distance - where the mouth of the river met with the ocean.
Day 3 provided a lot of forest walking and due to the weather I was unable to take many photographs (basically heavy rain the whole day). The bush was very lush, with rich heavy lichen, moss & various other bits & bobs. It was obvious that this area (actually the whole track) gets a fair dose of rain! We finished the day, arriving at a fantastic hut positioned perfectly, allowing for views of the sun coming down in the afternoon, onlooking views of the beach in the distance together with the end of the mountain. Speaking of the beach, it was very interesting; the water is ice cold and golden/red in colour. It was a very refreshing swim! It was only possible to swim in the mouth of the river, due to the amazing display of powerful waves on the west coast.
The end of the day was spent together, on the beach watching the sunset & amusing ourselves with various silly fun things!
Our last day of travel followed the west-coast, eventually reaching our transport that would take us to Karamea - however, I digress! The track followed the coastline, where we got to see the shear power of the west-coast waves. You could very easily drown in those waves; it was very humbling to see a memorial for some folk that lost their lives to the great ocean.
I think it is fair to say that sums up my trip!
Let me know what you think!