Wut up wut up!
I land in Auckland on July 15th and will be trekking down the East coast of the islands spending most of my time camping out and a little hostel stay here and there. I'm flying solo so I thought I would ask to see if anyone is going to be in the region during this time.
If you are, post up here and maybe we can arrange a little meet and share a few stories over some beers.
Hope to hear from some ambitious hikers!
don't forget it will be mid winter when you arrive!!!
wear lots of layers and carry a beanie at all times
cheers heather .AKA kiwitravelwriter
Ohh for sure! I have the warmer clothes already, a few beanies, and a 3 season tent with a 20Deg+ sleeping bag, thicker pants and shirts, long underwear, and just in case, and an emergency beacon if I get myself into trouble I can't get out of.
[ Edit: Edited on 21-May-2009, at 13:26 by WebGuy ]
are you walking or hitching? - we are at bottom of SI - never get snow on coast - well once in 18 years - so don't let latitude put you off! Happy to offer you a comfy bed for a night if you get to The Catlins southern end.. we are near Waipapa Point. write christine at fortrose.org.nz if you'd like to take this up, or ask any local questions... Happy trekking.
I am walking the majority of the way, but may hitch a little, but I've never done that before, so a little apprehensive about it. I'm starting in Auckland and will be moving my way south along the East coast. I was thinking about doing 2 months, but after charting some routes and mapping the distance, it's a pretty long walk so I may consider getting a VISA and doing a 3-6 months walk. I will definitely have to take you up on that offer for the warm bed. I'll be happy to help out with any chores as well if needed!
I will shoot you over an email this evening after my softball game to touch base.
Thanks for the awesome offer!!! Very nice!
mate... prepare for single digit temperatures or lower, especially during the night. If you do go hitching, make sure you dont do it on the Motorway in Auckland as its not permitted. Also, do yourself a favour and make sure you take a thick black permanent marker for writing on some cardboard, this way it helps drivers know where exactly you are going to. As a male, I think you would be fine, but dont think you are invincable and always take precautions. Eg let famiily know where you are, only get in if your first impression isnt ringing alarm bells etc. Most of us kiwis will be more than happy to help you out, but help yourself by not looking like an escaped mental patient or axe murderer. Happy travels
but help yourself by not looking like an escaped mental patient or axe murderer
hehehehe Yup, totally agree there! I won't be looking all raggedy, I wouldn't pick someone up either if they looked a little "extreme" either. Thanks for the info about the Motorway in Auckland, I'll def remember not to do that, and if I do go hitching, I'll make sure I make it nice and readable. I'm a pretty precautious person and always go on my gut instinct.
As for the cold and single digits, I'm prepared for that. I've done cold weather training for 2 years when I was in the mil, they had us pulling 100% security overnight during 20deg weather and no fires. By the time morning came around, the top layer of water in our canteens were frozen pretty solid. I've got the sleeping bag for below freezing temperatures and a silk liner for an added 15deg of warmer material. So all in all, it can get down to 5deg and I'll still be pretty warm at night. But I most def appreciate the concern from everyone about it.Very helpful!
Thanks again moarigirl!