7 May 2018

Southland Slog

From The Long Way Home, 7:00 am on 7 May 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 portrait of Bruce Hopkins in heavy rain in Southland.

As he nears the end of Te Araroa, Bruce is finding it hard to focus. Photo: Bruce Hopkins

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

Bruce Hopkins Trail Diary - Week 30

27 April – 4 May 2018.

Te Anau – Invercargill

“Just been raving and ranting about some a-hole walking off with my hiking poles from the hostel in Te Anau!

“On the way to Aparima hut in Southland I endured three and a half days of misty, freezing cold drizzle. Ended up having a weather day in Aparima with Edd Barber who I have connected with three times now while on Te Araroa in the South Island.”

Bruce and The Boys of Te Araroa in Te Anau. Beards are optional but encouraged.

Bruce and The Boys of Te Araroa in Te Anau. Beards are optional but encouraged. Photo: Bruce Hopkins

“Five other trampers arrived that night and a damn fine fire kept the hut warm!”

A view of a South and mountain range with a small hut nested at its base.

Far away, so close. Photo: Bruce Hopkins

“And now it begins to get slightly strange as the end of this 6 1/2 month odyssey draws near.

A portrait of a rain-sodden Bruce Hopkins sitting on the edge of a bunk in a mountain hut.

Te Araroa - its about the glamour of the Great Outdoors. Photo: Bruce Hopkins

“Getting so close but the craziness continues! I’m missing my family big time, blessed to have been able to get this far.”


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