I am walking the route on my own, but as about 700 people are on the TA trail each year and this is the “high” season, I won’t be alone. I am aiming to take about two and a half months, finishing around the end of March 2020. Overall that averages out at about 17km every day, but with waiting out weather and rest days, most days will be more than that. The longest stretch in the wild without access to supplies is around 8 days. So the food logistics are the real determinant of pack weight. Accommodation will mainly be DOC huts but the route requires camping in some sections, and anyway, a quiet tent is often preferable to a full hut.
Below is a table of major waypoints and date estimates. I will keep this updated as I progress. Changes are likely due to weather and river levels.
|9 Jan 2020||Start Ship Cove|
|21 Jan||St Arnaud|
|29 Jan||Boyle River||Rest days in Hanmer Springs|
|8 Feb||Arthurs Pass|
|13 Feb||Lake Coleridge|
|18 Feb||Mt Sommers|
|22 Feb||Lake Tekapo||Bike to Twizel|
|13 Mar||Te Anau|
|21 Mar||Colac Bay|