I’ll be aiming to stick to the main route as much as possible with one major deviation on the South Island. Rather than walk the route from Wanaka to Queenstown I’ll be walking through the Matukituki Valley to take in the climb over Cascade Saddle and follow the Dart Track down to Glenorchy before continuing on the official route. Possibly continuing on the Routeburn Tk and linking onto the Greenstone Track.
Key Features along the route to name just a few include:
- 90 Mile Beach
- Tongariro Alpine Crossing
- 100km kayak down the Whanganui River
- Queen Charlotte Track
- Richmond Range
- Travers Saddle and Waipu Pass
- Hurunui River Valley and Deception Valley
- Cascade Saddle and Dart Track
- Greenstone Track
- Longwood Forest
A very, very rough idea of where I’ll be at different times of the walk are listed below. If you are keen to join me for a short section or perhaps multiple sections this will give you an indication of key timings. However it is impossible to have any real concrete plans for such a long walk and any itineraries over a week can be basically be thrown out immediately. Your best bet to find out where I am, how I’m tracking and likely timing of hitting towns is to follow my daily updates, check the TA facebook page, track my SPOT or View Ranger positions.