Having recently read Wild by Cheryl Strayed I started thinking about hiking. Then I pulled out a pair of hand-me-down shoes for Miss 2 earlier in the week and remembered buying them on a trip to Vietnam right before we went hiking, so I recalled my hike in Sapa and how much I enjoyed that.
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I have done a few hikes, however now I have two little people, making it difficult to go on any hike of significant length or difficulty. We have done some very short and easy hikes locally but I am excitedly waiting for their little legs to get bigger and stronger so we can go as a family.
Anyway, it got me dreaming about what some of the most fabulous hikes in the world might be and one that has always intrigued me for both it’s proximity to home, its ease of access and for its beautiful landscape is the Routeburn Track in New Zealand. A moderately easy hike, or tramp as they like to call it, that is also relatively short.
The Routeburn Track is one of New Zealand’s 9 Great Walks. A 32km track through the Fiordland National Park and Mount Aspiring in the South of NZ that takes 3 days (2 nights) of hiking or you can do shorter day trips along it. The Great Walks season is from November to April when the huts are open along the way for you to stay at $54 per adult a night (free for kids under 17) or camp sites are $18.
I’d love to see the ice carved valleys and rugged mountain peaks iced with snow, shearing off down rock faces with cascading waterfalls to the pristine blue alpine lakes surrounded by beech forests.
The downside of this Wanderlust is that it is generally recommended that you wait for your kids to be 10 before hiking this track, due to the mountainous environment and adverse weather conditions. So unless I leave them at home I have to wait another 7ish years to do this one.
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