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Back on the Te Araroa and moving faster than ever.

Rented a MTB for today (well, an old wrack that hasn't seen maintenance in years) and per chance picked a trail that's part of the TA.

Somehow NZ feels like a huge outdoor entertainment pack.
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Franks Beerdigung ist für Mitwoch, den 16.01.2013 um 14 Uhr auf dem Friedhof in Assenheim (Friedhofstraße, 67126 Hochdorf-Assenheim) geplant. Es wird eine Trauerfeier geben und natürlich sind alle Freunde von Frank danach herzlich zu Kaffee und Kuchen eingeladen. Die Familie freut sich über jeden, der den weiten Weg auf sich nimmt, um an diesem Termin dabei zu sein! 
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Feeling like a proper geek again: got a NZ SIM and data package.
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Pictures are still on the SD card.....
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I'm being stalked by a group of Australians

It began last week Wednesday, when I passed a group of young hikers on my way to Speargrass hut in the Nelson Lakes area, where I stopped for lunch. While I was enjoying the sun the group also arrived and we had a nice chat. They were Australians studying to become outdoor guides and this was their final trip.

They were talking about a haka demonstration in the evening, so I decided to hang around and have some company. After 6 lonely nights in the Richmond Range this sounded like fun and it was (videos will be uploaded to YouTube once I'm home). For the next day I decided to change my plan and do a detour over Angulus hut to get to Sabine hut while the students took the shorter direct route.

Another fun evening (table bouldering, I still have bruises more than a week later) proved that it was a good idea to change my plan.

Next morning we said our good-byes, I headed back to St.Arnaud to find a way down to Boyle Village.

The next day I tried to hitch-hike to Boyle village, while I was standing in the rain a car going the other direction stopped and some of the students waved. They weren't going to Boyle, so no help. After some time I found a ride and after another hop I made it to Murchison. There I stood in the rain for another 2 hours until I decided to call it a day and checked into the Lazy Cow backpacker. An hour or two later, a car stops outside the hostel, front door opens, and the Aussies check in which guaranteed another fun evening.

Fast forward a week, I went back to Picton, got a rental, hiked & paddled Abel Tasman and then drove to Boyle (remember, my original destination) to hike the St.James Walkway (unrelated rant: this is not a 5 day hike, this is barely a 3 day hike, great views, new huts, but a bit boring). So this morning I was on my last section, the last 7km to Lewis Pass, and by now you can probably guess who crossed my path once more: the Aussies.
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Aussies are good like that. I did the NW Circuit on Stewart Island and we had the same "problem", reappearing Australians. Though they were entertaining and up for anything :)
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Seeing 'Skyfall' in a cool cinema on the best seats in the house: front row couches. Right now movie break for freshly baked cookies. Kiwis are cool.

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No problem, but I know only about the south island.
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AWESOME! Hope I get to see this!
 
Hobbit themed, in-flight safety video - How awesome is that!
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Bags packed ✔
Checked in ✔
Apartment ok ✔
Final change list submitted ✔
Auto-responder set ✔

Good-bye Munich winter, hello NZ summer ;-)

Hope I can write some updates every few days - if you don't hear from me for a week or two, it's too late to call SAR.
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Wow. RIP Frank. 
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Based on the peer feedback I got, I reiterated on the meme.

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Awesome owner, very knowledgeable about hiking around St.Arnaud.
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Great food and beer.
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Nice BBH backpackers. The building is old but has a certain charm. 1st backpackers I've seen that offers a hot bath and one free beer.
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Run-down building, expensive WiFi
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Super-friendly staff (we cooked together), free muffins, free wifi, DVDs to watch. Had a great time. Stayed there twice.
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20 NZD for one day of WiFi? Bad joke!
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Super-friendly host, very nice house, perfect location right at the start/end of the Queen Charlotte Trail.
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