The 7 to 8 days in the Richmond Ranges, for me, was the hardest physically that I have ever done!
The trail is more of a goat trail with steep ascents and descents, which required my focusing on every foot placement.
Besides that...the scenery was fantastic!
Setting up camp in the forest
One of the many swing bridges on the trail. A must, especially in high waters.
Studying the map.
Looking down at a D.O.C. hut
Hiking across the tops...
It was pretty difficult walking on these rock screes.
Phil and Emily, from England, hiking the Te Araroa Trail.
Bathing in the mountains...so refreshing!!
A bunch of happy through hikers!
Mountain water at its purest...cool, clear, and ohhh so good!!
Rewarding ourselves after a physically tough week... with 2 litres of rich, creamy ice cream, (that's half a gallon!)
The Nelson Lakes region is simply "Spectacular"!
A view of Lake Rotoiti
Up in the mountains
The lifting morning mist
Looking back at Lake Constance
Along the valley floor
As I'm sending this blog, we are relaxing in the picturesque Village of Hanmer Springs. Well known for its natural mineral baths...Ahhhh....Guess where I'm heading right now?
PS: I have lost weight on this walk. Can you guess how much?