"There is nothing like taking that first step into a foreign world, and the great unknown that lies beyond it."

Te Araroa. Richmond Alpine track Days 9-13.

Te Araroa. Richmond Alpine track Days 9-13.

Roughly 90 kilometers walked with another 6 kilometers hitched to St. Arnaud.

For detailed information about the track see:

http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/marlborough/places/mount-richmond-forest-park/things-to-do/tracks/alpine-route/

This section was tough! This section is recommended to be completed in 5-7 days. I completed it in 4.5 days and my knees and feet really took a beating! It was a beautiful low alpine environment with ridgeline walks and shale and scree summits. 

Day 1 Browning hut to Slaty hut. 15 km.

Day 2 Slaty Hut to Rintoul hut. 14.5 km.

Day 3. Rintoul hut to Top Wairoa hut 21.5 km.

Day 4. Top Wairoa hut to Porters hut 19.5 km

Day 5. Porters hut to SH63 16 km. PLUS 5k Road walk. We didn't have much luck hitchhiking at first so we walked about 5 km along the road until we were picked up taken to St. Arnaud the last 5 kms.

 

 

 

 

 

Two visits to Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki. 2 days. 87 kilometers. Side trip.Mount Cook National Park

Two visits to Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki. 2 days. 87 kilometers. Side trip.Mount Cook National Park

Side Trip: Northern Circuit and Round the Mountain Track

Side Trip: Northern Circuit and Round the Mountain Track