Heaphy - Day one

We did the Heaphy earlier in the year, but better late then never! Right?

We opted to start at the Karamea, which meant we caught the Trans-Alpine from Christchurch to Greymouth.

Hold up, I have to post some photos from that particular train ride!

It's a brilliant way to experience Aotearoa's spectacular alpine terrain, weaving through mountain passes and valleys, gouged by glaciers. 

There wasn't a lot of snow during out trip, just a small amount peaking out from behind the clouds enveloping the higher peaks. Going back there in winter is definitely on my list of must-do's.

But anyway. Back to the Heaphy.

We got up super early and caught a shuttle to the beginning of the track. The first part of which takes you on a jolly jaunt along rugged coastline to the first hut (aptly named Heaphy hut). There were many stops to take photos of ourselves crossing various bridges. Our fellowship was four strong. Abby (my delightful fiancé), myself and our friends Lauren and Christine.

It was somewhere along this first leg that I munted my knee, but we'll get back to that in the next post. Anyway - pretty photos!

 Here we are! Looking chipper as can be.

Here we are! Looking chipper as can be.

 First bridge. Bridges are very important. Abby is particularly fond of all bridges.

First bridge. Bridges are very important. Abby is particularly fond of all bridges.

 This first leg is pretty easy walking really. Just weaving along the coast with the sea on the left and the mountains on right.

This first leg is pretty easy walking really. Just weaving along the coast with the sea on the left and the mountains on right.

 I like motorcycles. These DoC rangers had Yamaha TW200's. Great little bike for the job, that big fat tyre is perfect for cruising along those beaches and they weigh pretty much nothing. I like motorcycles.

I like motorcycles. These DoC rangers had Yamaha TW200's. Great little bike for the job, that big fat tyre is perfect for cruising along those beaches and they weigh pretty much nothing. I like motorcycles.

 Giant land snails ( Powelliphanta ). These are carnivorous snails and can grow as large as a fist. Needless to say we were very excited. We didn't actually see any until day three, but we did encounter a few empty shells.

Giant land snails (Powelliphanta). These are carnivorous snails and can grow as large as a fist. Needless to say we were very excited. We didn't actually see any until day three, but we did encounter a few empty shells.

 Some darned good rivers to cross! Check out those rocks! Rocks!

Some darned good rivers to cross! Check out those rocks! Rocks!

 aaaaand here we are! Heaphy hut!

aaaaand here we are! Heaphy hut!

So there we go. Day one. Definitely the easiest leg (though not the easiest on my leg as we will soon find out). Stay tuned for more!