Where to next was meant to be The Te Araroa Trail. As I am writing this I obviously wont be making it for this season. The last trip in fact was to Waikaremoana way back in April. Since then the business and life in general have kept interfering with any plans I may be dreaming about. On the positive though we are booked for The Milford Track at the beginning of March. It was 50 years ago when I walked this solo. From all the stuff I have read to date times have changed a bit. It appears far more regimented, can only stay one night in each hut. Coupled with the fact 40 others will be walking the track and staying in the hut with you each day, and on each day of the walking season 40 more will follow along after you. This only covers what you might call the freedom walkers, it doesn’t even begin to account for the guided and catered walkers. Not sure as to how many of those will be on the track each day. I guess we are going to find it interesting.
In the interim, for me, its make the time for plenty of sessions at the gym to remove the lazy winter streak that has made me somewhat bone idle. The before we head south at the beginning of March fit a tramp or two in. Perhaps to Crosbie’s and the Pinnacles in the Coromandel, plus if lucky another to Whirinaki. However I would expect all of those to be a bit crowded at that time of year, so best I be taking the hammock or tent to be sure of accommodation needs.