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This hiking blog is where you can read all my thoughts and ponderings regarding anything to do with hiking, camping and the Australian outdoors in general.

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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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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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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Brubeck
If you’ve been to this website or visited the Facebook and Instagram page recently, you may have noticed that I have opened up an online store. This is one of many changes I’ll be looking to make to the website in 2018 and I thought it would be an ideal time to go into further...
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It’s probably fair to suggest that if you’re a hiker, camper or an outdoor enthusiast in general that you’re on one of the main social media platforms. Facebook is a haven for blogs, images and videos, while Instagram and its features almost give you a blow-by-blow insight into someone’s latest adventure. As someone who not...
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lake tali karng
With plenty of long weekends available every year here in Australia, this gives us hikers the opportunity to get away for an extended trip. This article takes a look at some of the obvious, and not-so-obvious, places to go for a long weekend adventure. These include places that are suitable for those who prefer camping...
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