Shit! We’ve just realised they live in Christchurch… They could still be on the trail today, but if they’d done a long day they might have made it home this morning (22nd). Hoping they are tucked up safe in a DOC hut instead… Crikey. It doesn’t bare thinking about… Guys if you read this, let us know you’re ok! We’re concerned about you.
As I had suspected the route south of Arthurs Pass (where we’ll be when they arrive) doesn’t sound the best.. It’s far from the main range and involves plenty of complications – road walking, hitching or death defying river crossings.. They recommended the area around Queenstown (which is where they are flying into anyhow), so I’m currently looking at options of flip-flopping the Te Araroa for a bit or maybe hiring a car to do some classic NZ tramps off route instead of the Arthurs Pass to Twizel section. Might ultimately be a last minute decision based on weather, suggestions welcome from any Kiwis out there!