I've been back home 10 days ........ready for another trip, can I come please. Lucky things, I agree with all Toots says about the country.
My mate took me sea kayaking, first time ever. He only had a couple of basic dumpy little river kayaks, impossible to overturn or break, he said! Needless to say I smashed into some rocks, fell out, turned it over and broke the paddle. Happy days.
If I was 30 years younger I would move there tomorrow.
I was close to Asbestos hut, next hut up at Salisbury. But then headed down the Leslie river, up the Karamea, did Biggs tops and Mt Luna, then down the Wangapeka river and out - a week later.
Saw the historic Cecil Kings hut, another one preserved in its original state, with history attached. I could have stayed in it the night but being chewed by sandflies and mice didn't appeal at that stage, so went on to the new build hut, being a "soft pom".
A lot of history in these areas and there were some tug types. I met an old deer hunter (dad of a friend) who was involved in the great post war cull, his longest trip was 7 months alone in the bush, "You learnt to look after yourself", he said!
Yes, it's the dream, but I've had to wait till I'm 60(and a bit). So it didn't come easy!
I have loads of photos and slowly sorting them, I didn't carry a camera but took this Nexus7 in my sack. Took my pictures on that (OK quality for memories) wrote up my diary each night and saved enough battery to send the Missus an email when I hit civilisation.
Can I put a few photos on here, if so how?
Woderfull tramps and few people on the remote trails, my first 5 days out I only saw 3 people.
Click the "walking and tramping" icon, this will load all the trails and huts in the national parks. I usually go to the topo map as its similar to our OS, then expand the map to the area you want to look at. Also shows all individual hut details (with photos) and you can download/print sections of map etc.
From this you can plan! There's loads more info on the main DOC site. I think in north island there is quite a lot of bush walking, and I know places like tongariro are very busy with tourists, but there's plenty more.