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John Feeney
new zealand
9am. Monday, January 8th, 2018. It’s go time. After spending 12 days and some 260kms hiking on roads and through forests, experiencing scorching heat and icy cold wind & rain, it was time to finally do what we had come here to do – hike up Mount Ruapehu. After waking up at around 7:30am and...
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Day 12 (January 7th) of our Hobbit-inspired trip in New Zealand would be the final day of hiking before we hit the Mount Ruapehu Walking Track. Check out previous days adventures here: Day 1-2, Day 3-4, Day 5-6, Day 8-9, and Day 10-11. Our morning started off in the mist and gloom of the final...
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wikiloc
If you’ve been following this blog, or my Facebook or Instagram accounts, for some time now, you may have noticed that I use a navigation app called WikiLoc. Not only can you record your own trail, but you upload it into your account and the WikiLoc community for others to view and use themselves. And...
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42 traverse
And just when we thought we had seen the end of walking on the road, the start of Day 10 saw us back on the road as made our way south to the town of Owhango (pronounced O-fan-go) and the start of the 42 Traverse. You can read all about our previous days of this adventure...
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the timber trail
As Day 7 was a rest day and we really did nothing but hang out, play cards and talk a whole lot of rubbish, I’ve decided to spare you all the pain of reading a blog about me slaughtering my mates in card games. If you’ve yet to read the previous blogs regarding this Hobbit-inspired...
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den of nargun
Located in East Gippsland, and at the southern end of the Mitchell River Walking Track, lies the Den of Nargun Return Walk. A walk that can be done a number of ways such as a return or loop walk, this certainly is one for all you beginner hikers and casual day walkers out there. I’d...
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hobbiton
The final day of 2017 and the first day of 2018 were two of the easiest days we had during our New Zealand adventure. December 31st, 2017, was only a 14km day from Kakaho Campsite to the aptly name Bog Inn Hut (located almost directly in the centre of the North Island). And January 1st,...
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Day 3 & 4 of our New Zealand Trip was equally as long and arduous as it was exciting for a number of reasons. To begin with, by the end of day 4 we would be off the road and into the forest sections. As I mentioned in my blog regarding day 1 & 2,...
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hobbiton
It’s 6:30am on December 27th, 2017. This is the very beginning of our 13 day, 270km trek across a section from New Zealand from the filming location of Hobbiton in Matamata to one of the filming locations of the Lonely Mountain in The Hobbit trilogy. This location is also known as Mount Ruapehu in the Tongariro...
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morley's walking track
If you live in Victoria, you’ll almost certainly be aware of the regional town of Healesville. It’s home to places such as Healesville Sanctuary, Beechworth Bakery, Innocent Bystander and the Four Pillars Gin Distillery to name a few. But, for us hikers, it’s home to three really awesome, yet challenging, hikes. And one you may...
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