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Hi everyone,

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!

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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.
Perry Saddle Hut by vornoPerry Saddle Hut - Night by vornoMorning Light by vorno

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. 
Rohan by vornoHills of Rohan by vornoOld Cave by vorno

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.
Misty Obelisk by vornoHeaphy Hut by vorno

The end of the day was spent together, on the beach watching the sunset & amusing ourselves with various silly fun things!
Happy Feet by vornoSetting Flames by vornoHappy by vornoWarm Colours by vorno

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.
West Coast by vornoFlames by vorno

I think it is fair to say that sums up my trip! :)
Let me know what you think!
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ZombieFrogSupe Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fave :)
vorno Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
It's well deserved!
ZombieFrogSupe Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
vorno Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
& thank you for the +watch!
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widooolag Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't be afraid I have no power,money or guns Ohm... Ohm... good luck. 
x-WhisperMyName-x Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Happy Birthday!
vorno Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
haha, thank you :)
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static--death Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for the favorite. :icondurrhurrplz:

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vorno Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
lol no worries
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