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how often do you walk in nz

PostPosted: Wed 19 Feb, 2014 5:13 pm
by wayno
what sort of frequency do you make trips to walk in nz

Re: how often do you walk in nz

PostPosted: Wed 19 Feb, 2014 10:10 pm
by Strider
Never. And I'm a kiwi!

Re: how often do you walk in nz

PostPosted: Thu 20 Feb, 2014 7:29 am
by Tony
I am going over in early March, we are going to do Gillespie Pass and Cascade Saddle from Mt Aspiring Hut, my last trip was the Rees/Dart in Nov 2011, now I am retired I am hoping to do a lot more.

Tony

Re: how often do you walk in nz

PostPosted: Thu 20 Feb, 2014 11:31 am
by forest
I don't know why anyone would want to go, it's a terrible place........ :D
Shh, keep it quite that it's enjoyable to periodically travel over there for a wee tramping trip.
I'm averaging once a year, last 5 years in a row now. People say why don't you go some place else, I just shrug (I'm sure some others will know what I'm on about)
Be over there mid March, Northburn 100 Ultramarathon here I come, I'm a wuzz though and am only tackling the 50km loop......
Maybe next year the 100 miles will tempt me when I have some more time running, better endurance base etc.

Re: how often do you walk in nz

PostPosted: Thu 20 Feb, 2014 11:36 am
by wayno
perhaps you should try this, pick one or more mountain marathons in 50 days.... http://www.high50.org.nz/

Re: how often do you walk in nz

PostPosted: Thu 20 Feb, 2014 11:38 am
by wayno
Strider wrote:Never. And I'm a kiwi!



yeah but its public knowledge people living in tasmania are one eyed about walking in their own neck of the woods as preference 8)

Re: how often do you walk in nz

PostPosted: Thu 20 Feb, 2014 12:36 pm
by Strider
Not by preference Wayno. Just can't find the time and money to get across. And when I do its usually for a family event of some sorts with no time to spare.

Re: how often do you walk in nz

PostPosted: Fri 21 Feb, 2014 12:19 am
by photohiker
Similar poll turned up when watching the Sochi telecast:

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:mrgreen:

Re: how often do you walk in nz

PostPosted: Fri 21 Feb, 2014 7:28 am
by geoskid
photohiker wrote:Similar poll turned up when watching the Sochi telecast:

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:mrgreen:


C. Nah, then we'd have to mow it.
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We have been 5 times in total since early '90s (wife is a wee NZ gal), but it was only the last visit that we bushwalked (Milford and Routeburn).
It is a fairly expensive exercise for a family of 4, but we were there for a month all up. A few days in Queenstown after the walks helped run up the $$ tally though - but the best fun and great vibe (for a few days).
We'll definitely be back for more walking, prettiest place Ive been, but will be in the 3-5 year category due to expense.

On two of the other visits we hired a motorhome, which was a fantastic way to have a look at NZ. Every time I go there I want to move there (and then I manage to see thru the holiday coloured glasses :D )

Re: how often do you walk in nz

PostPosted: Fri 21 Feb, 2014 7:44 am
by wayno
during the recession the prices in queenstown went up, significantly, not that it was a cheap place to visit in the first place...

Re: how often do you walk in nz

PostPosted: Mon 16 Apr, 2018 8:11 pm
by Aardvark
I look for any reason to go to NZ. I have now lost count at over 40 trips. I only go for the back country. I don't know anyone there.
I never gave it much thought before 1999. There has always been more than enough to do here in Australia. It just wasn't on my radar.
I had been bushwalking, climbing, paddling, mountain biking for almost 30 years. I had joined a club in 1998 looking for more like minded people.
Two fellas asked me to tag along on the Wilkins - Young. I had no idea what to expect.
Now it's just another location a few hours from home. I've done many a daywalk in Qld/ Nsw where the driving has been three hours from home.
NZ trips have been from three days to 5 weeks and every minute counts for activities.

Re: how often do you walk in nz

PostPosted: Mon 16 Apr, 2018 9:14 pm
by Strider
About to start walking in NZ a whole lot more when I return to live in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to it!


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Re: how often do you walk in nz

PostPosted: Mon 16 Apr, 2018 10:11 pm
by Aardvark
About to start walking in NZ a whole lot more when I return to live in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to it!

What part of NZ are you going to?

Re: how often do you walk in nz

PostPosted: Mon 16 Apr, 2018 10:43 pm
by Tortoise
If I could go to all the places in Tassie I want to visit in my life time, I'd probably save up to go back and visit NZ after that.
Edit: I'm a bit ambivalent - the 'classic' walks are too commercialised for me now, but I don't have the experience in NZ to go to some of the more remote places without someone who does, and I don't have one of those people to go with. But I haven't actually looked into it at this point.

Re: how often do you walk in nz

PostPosted: Tue 17 Apr, 2018 12:20 am
by johnw
Visited last year for the first time. Mix of touring with some day walking, enough to whet my appetite for something more substantial. Definitely plan to go back.

Re: how often do you walk in nz

PostPosted: Tue 17 Apr, 2018 1:20 am
by Strider
Aardvark wrote:
About to start walking in NZ a whole lot more when I return to live in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to it!

What part of NZ are you going to?

Marlborough for now, where I grew up, and then from there wherever the work takes me.


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Re: how often do you walk in nz

PostPosted: Tue 03 Sep, 2019 11:54 pm
by mikethepike
NZ is an amazing place in many ways and as aerial photos in particular suggest, it is geologically speaking, so young and raw! The complete opposite to Australia worn down by the ages. My first trips were 1970 (2 months with half of it at Mt Cook plus occasionally working in the kitchens at the Hermitage) and shorter stays in 1972 and 1973. Every other person met in huts seemed to be reading Tolkein and I'm sure that I wasn't alone in thinking how so much of the country seems Tolkeinesque so it's hardly surprising what followed 30 years later. I spent 5 weeks there in 2013 for hiking and even got to spend a fortnight on North Island for the first time. I hope to be there for six weeks in the coming autumn but I can't help but reflect how much things have changed. Life used to be simpler I'm sure but that is the same everywhere I suppose. But then of course I've aged and might now be looking back though rose-tinted glasses. Not walking/tramping related but another thing I love about NZ is how its four major cities are so completely different from one another and have so much to offer.

Re: how often do you walk in nz

PostPosted: Sat 07 Sep, 2019 2:29 pm
by jobell
wayno wrote:what sort of frequency do you make trips to walk in nz
Not often enough. Once in ten years! It's on my wish list though. Especially... ah-hem...as I am the owner of a New Zealand passport, amongt a couple of other flavors.

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Re: how often do you walk in nz

PostPosted: Thu 26 Sep, 2019 3:26 pm
by north-north-west
So far, it's been once in 62 years. Would be nice to increase that, but $$$.

Re: how often do you walk in nz

PostPosted: Thu 26 Sep, 2019 3:51 pm
by johnw
north-north-west wrote:So far, it's been once in 62 years. Would be nice to increase that, but $$$.

Similar, twice in 65 years but keen to return again. Keep an eye out for cheap airfares that come up semi-regularly.

Re: how often do you walk in nz

PostPosted: Thu 26 Sep, 2019 6:42 pm
by stry
north-north-west wrote:So far, it's been once in 62 years. Would be nice to increase that, but $$$.


$$$ can be very low. :D Whether or not they are low enough for you is up to you to decide. :D