left Wanaka two weeks ago, hitched across to the east coast city of Timaru and went night 4WDing with the locals, then hitched up to Christchurch where i picked up a rental car to move to the very top at Picton.
So i headed North that afternoon picking up a hitchiker Philipp and driving to Kaikoura, that night we camped at the lookout on the peninsula, the next day we organised ourselves with food and gear to hike up Mt. Fyffe where the back-country hut was at 1165m, after arriving here we dropped our bags off and hiked to the summit at 1602m where we had a view of the surrounding coastline, across to the north island as well the Mt. Manukau at 2300m. The hut was full of god vibes that night.
Philipp and I hiked out early and made it back to base carpark before lunch, then driving west through Lewis Pass in the pouring rain and wind to the Nelson Lakes, we set up camp in the DOC camp kitchen with a couple of other roadtrippers joining us for dinner. That night was reaal cold and long, hardly getting much sleep.
We woke to massive mountains diving vertically into the long narrow lake, we left and drove back east to the coast near Blenheim, the straight north to Picton where i dropped the german hitcher Philipp off as well as the rental car which cost me $150 in total for 3 days which was pretty good to have.
I hiked out of Picton late afternoon, up through the winding hill roads towards Nelson, it took me 3 rides a few hours to get to where i needed to be that night, and even scored a place to stay with the guy who picked me up.
The next morning long before sunrise i had to leave as he was going to work, so i hiked from the suburb of Stoke to Richmond while the sun rose, total of 5km and crashed out at McDonalds for breakfast and a rest. Off again hiking down the road it took me two rides to get west across to Motueka. I wandered around town, had a coffee and waited for the bro Jeremy to come over from Marahau to pick me up.
That afternoon we cruised up to Canaan Downs in the Abel Tasman National Park with Jeremy and his mates to play in the snow covered grass fields with a 4WD, a tow rope and snowboards. I had never seen such snow of big evergreens before and walking through the forest amazed me for hours while the others towed into a kicker.
We drove to Marahau where Jeremy had spent 10 summers kayak guiding through the national park here, we arrived at the place he stayed on a block of land with nomadic buses and a mongolian yurt which is a more permanent style tent with a wood stove, big beds and a outside kitchen. This has been the base for over a week, hanging out, smoking doobies with Gitta the lady who stays in the bus, cooking good meals, hanging out with Jeremy’s friends around Marahau, hiking the hills up a local valley, using a chainsaw and cutting heaps of firewood and generally just chilling out in the positive energy of the place.
In a couple of days time Jeremy and I will be cruising down the west coast of the south island to Wanaka, Cardrona, the mountain we work for will be starting up soon and we need to get ourselves set up!
love and peace