This weekend is Waitangi weekend, a long weekend in NZ; and also the date of the annual Dodzy Memorial Enduro. Because of my busted wing, Im not off to Nelson with literally everyone I know… but I have a 4 day weekend too.
I’ve been doing a lot more walking and hiking since my shoulder surgery, and recently been toying with the idea of doing an overnight trip. Ive never been backpacking before (since obviously I skipped my 20’s when its an acceptable time to set life aside and do that instead of have a career…) and to be honest, carrying all my necessities on my back sounds hard.
Nevertheless, I made a decision and just stuck with it before I could talk myself out of it. New Zealand is amazing in that it has hundreds of backcountry huts which are free (or $5-$15 for larger ones with toilets & water). There’s a few within 100km of Christchurch, so I chose one that didnt seem too hard (except for a slight big horrendous climb) and I set off.
First, I got lost on the way there. Continue Reading…