Plan

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.

Estimated DateLocationNotes
9 Jan 2020Start Ship Cove
12 JanHavelock
21 JanSt Arnaud
29 JanBoyle RiverRest days in Hanmer Springs
8 FebArthurs Pass
13 FebLake Coleridge
18 FebMt Sommers
22 FebLake TekapoBike to Twizel
24 FebTwizel
2 MarWanaka
7 MarQueenstown
13 MarTe Anau
21 MarColac Bay
22 MarInvercargill
23 MarBluff
Waypoint Estimates
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