Today was our “slack pack” day where we were leaving most of our gear at the camp for later pickup. The office didn’t open until 0800 so we planned a departure after that, as the day is basically flat and not too strenuous!! The day turned out to be just over 24km in a leisurely 5h30 of walking, leaving just after 0800 and arriving at the official finish on the Queenstown waterfront at 1440. The GPS for the day is here.
There isn’t really a lot to say about today - hopefully the pictures will tell the story. In summary, today was a mixture of some road/footpath walking and some cycle/walking trail walking. We headed out from Arrowtown and walked through parts of Millbrook before heading toward Lake Hayes. After that we followed the Queenstown cycle trail to the historic bridge across the Shotover and from there around the river for a short while before heading up into the Frankton industrial area.
A little time was spent through the Frankton commercial area and near the main Frankton Rd before we crossed the Domain and ended up on the Frankton walkway/cycleway that took us around the lake edge (actually around the edge of Frankton Arm).
Finally we arrived into Queenstown central, including a short section down through the Botanic Gardens before walking down the waterfront to the "finish line"!! David headed off to his hostel and B and I headed into the centre of town for a feed! It didn't take long before we had had enough of town and were ready to head out :-)
One of Jane and Chris’ friends, (another!) David (down from Auckland with partner Liz and staying at Jane S and Chris’ with another couple, Jane W and Graham from Chch), was out and about in Chris’ vehicle and had been assigned the task of picking us up (!!) so we were in contact with him. He was nearby so kindly offered to pick us up in Queenstown (our original plan had been to taxi out to Frankton, resupply, and get picked up from there). The pickup was successful :-) and David took us out, through the manic traffic, to the Frankton shopping centre so we could restock at the supermarket and, from there, back to Arrowtown to pick up our gear before heading out of town to Jane and Chris’ place at Gibbston. We had also stayed with these guys just before Xmas last year when we were on an injury-enforced break from our nobo attempt and, as always, really appreciate the hospitality provided in this gorgeous spot!!
Belinda and Anthony (aka Tony) Hadfield made a decision, in their late 50's, to do something a "bit different" and walk New Zealand's 3000km Te Araroa Trail over summer 2015/16 - although updates will now tell you that this plan will take longer now!!. As the old saying goes - "don't leave home 'til you've seen the country"!!