Next tramp I am heading deep into the back country on the Leslie-Karamea Track, east to west, followed by the walking the Heaphy track, west to east. Looking on DOC, the place to go for all information on New Zealand tracks, I am hoping to finish Leslie-Karamea in 6 days and the Heaphy in 4.
Both tracks are one way and the start and end points are so far away from each other. Karamea – Takaka: 375 km and 5,5 h driving time. My car would be parked on one side and I would have to arrange transportation back. This is one good reason why I wanted to combine the two tracks and make a loop.
Terrain is supposed to be really rugged for the first track with a few streams to cross. If it rains, which it will, they could be challenging to cross. It is expected that there will be trees fallen over the path which makes the going a lot tougher. I have to be aware of that and allow myself an extra day if I need it.
Heaphy is a New Zealand Great Walk. The walking trails are extremely well maintained so the going should be pretty easy. I will be restocking in between the two tracks in Karamea, a little town on the West Coast. Distance between the Leslie-Karamea and the Heaphy is about 30 km which I intend to hitch hike. There is enough traffic at this time of the year so this should be easy.
What do I put in my Pack?
Lots of energy rich food for 6 days. I am a big fan of peanut butter for tramping. It is very high in fat and protein which makes you feel full and keeps you going for hours. The apples are because I really need something fresh to eat while I am tramping. I know that a lot of people consider me crazy because of the extra weight, but I really need that extra nutrition when I am going hard in the backcountry.
- 1 loaf of bread
- 7 avocados
- 6 apples
- 1.5 jars of peanut butter
- 1 can of lentils
- 1 can of chickpeas
- 1 can of butter beans
- 1 jar of raspberry jam
- 350 grams of peanuts
- 190 grams of sunflower seeds
- 1 onion
I have an excellent recipe for energy bars. Click here for the recipe.
I am not taking my tent and sleeping mat this time since there are shelters and huts where I will be staying. The tarp stays in the pack, always good to have one for keeping stuff dry. First aid kit is a must and extra clothing for in the evening when in the hut. I have a pair of extra shoes in case I have to cross a river so my hiking boots stay dry.
The weather is supposed to be pretty jucky for the next week. Rain predicted for the next 2 days followed by 2 days dry. Then 2 days rain again. I would be a shame if this would cause any delays. There is a steep hill to climb on the 4th day. If it stays dry it will be less slippery so easier to climb. I hope for the best and see you in 6 days!