2 Apr 2018

The Big Three

From The Long Way Home, 2:00 pm on 2 April 2018

Bruce Hopkins wants to take his dad and brother's ashes back home to Rakiura/Stewart Island. He’s just taking the long way to get there. The long, long way. 

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A view of high peak form the valley floor.

I have to walk up there? Photo: Bruce Hopkins

Bruce Hopkins is in Te Wai Pounamu, on the second leg of Te Araroa.

Bruce Hopkins Trail Diary - Week 25

15 March – 22 March 2018.

Waiau Pass – Boyle River

“What shape or form do blessings come in?

High up in Waiau Pass, Bruce pauses for a selfie in the background, two other walkers are climbing a steep, rocky ridge.

High up in Waiau Pass, Bruce pauses for a selfie. Photo: Bruce Hopkins

“I’ve hit what I feel is my lowest point since starting Te Araroa. Knee injury = five days off the trail. Another injury break!

“I’ve been hitting the hot pools at Hanmer Springs between physio sessions, sitting in a sulphur hot pool with fellow TA tramper Adam from LA.

“But I did it! The big three, the Tararuas, Richmond Range and now Waiau pass, are all done! And I never have to go back there again!

“About to start a seven day haul from Boyle River to Arthur's Pass with multiple river crossings. I shall complete this journey…!"

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