My Life in Motion

The Not-So-Patient Patient

For someone who loves being active, my worst nightmare is sustaining an injury. At the end of October I was booked up for a week away which included a 4-day hike amongst the Southern Alps. It’s been about 2 years since I’ve done an overnight hike, and when I booked the trip I was immensely excited at the thought of getting back into hiking again, and exploring a part of New Zealand that I haven’t been to before. Unfortunately, after over a month of finding sitting and bending painful and uncomfortable thanks to a compressed spinal disc, I’m coming to terms with the fact that the trip isn’t going to happen. 3 weeks into my treatment, I’ve had a big improvement thankfully, but not enough to make the trip a reality this year. I’m gutted.

Spending a lot of time lying down these days, I’ve passed a lot of hours perusing the internet, and find myself getting jealous of all the traveller’s bucket lists that I’ve come across. When I think about it, I don’t have one. Or at least, not in the truest sense, but since moving to New Zealand, I’ve mentally grown an ever increasing list of things I want to see and do in this country (to read what I’ve already done in New Zealand, click here, here, here, and here). This is the closest I ever plan to form a bucket list, but given that I’m having to cancel my hiking trip, I have a lot of time on my hands to mull over all the things that I want to make happen, as well as sitting in awe watching the stunning television programme Wild About New Zealand. Watch this space…

  • Visit Stewart Island
  • Hike the 9 Great Walks (Lake Waikaremoana, Tongariro Northern Circuit, Whanganui Journey, Abel Tasman Coast Track, Heaphy Track, Kepler Track, Milford Track, Routeburn Track, Rakiura Track)
  • Cycle the Otago Rail trail
  • Ride the Mountain to Sea cycle trail
  • Visit Fiordland National Park
  • See the Caitlins
  • Visit Napier & Hawke’s Bay
  • Hike the many trails around Cape Reinga
  • Visit the Chatham Islands
  • Go caving through Cave Stream in Canterbury
  • See a kiwi in the wild
  • See a tuatara in the wild
  • Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • See the giant Maori face at Lake Taupo
  • Walk through the Redwood forests near Rotorua
  • Drive the coast road round Coromandel
  • Hike through the Waitakere range
  • Walk the sands of Farewell Spit
  • Abseil into Harwood’s hole
  • See some yellow-eyed penguins in the wild
  • Walk the Hooker Valley Track
  • See the Milky Way
  • See the Aurora Australis (Southern lights)
  • Visit Nelson Lakes National Park
  • Climb Avalanche Peak
  • Heli-hike Fox/Franj-Josef glacier
  • Visit Mt Maunganui
  • Boat up the Dart river
  • Hike the Queen Charlotte Track
  • Go to Kapiti Island
  • See Punehu Falls
  • See Owharoa Falls
  • Visit Quail Island
  • Go to Karangahake Gorge
  • See Mt Taranaki
  • Discover Orakei Korako
  • Climb the lighthouse steps at Cape Palliser
  • Walk round Lake Mangamahoe
  • See Sutherland Falls
  • Visit Lake Matheson
  • Go to Hobbiton
  • Visit the tree church in Ohaupo
  • See tunnel beach near Dunedin
  • Climb Ben Lomond
  • Visit the crystal clear waters of Te Waikoropupu Springs
  • See the Putangirua Pinnacles in Aorangi Forest Park
  • See Oparara Arch
  • Visit Te Waihou Blue Springs
  • Visit Motatapu Gorge
  • Walk through the Labyrinth Rocks walkway
  • See Whale Bay
  • Visit New Chum’s beach
  • See Bridal Veil Falls near Raglan
  • Visit Tiritiri Matangi island in the Hauraki Gulf
  • See Rere falls
  • Visit Cape Kidnappers
  • Walk the Te Araroa track – a 120 day tramp from the northern tip of the North Island to the southern tip of the South Island. Very much a pipe dream, but something to daydream about anyway!

Edit: I am excited to get my hiking trip rescheduled for early 2014. Fingers crossed I stay injury free!


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