Total km: 282km
Getting caught in by rain and not being able to walk is actually quite frustrating. I think it will allow me to appreciate walking once I get to it. Even if I can do a short walk around Arrowtown or Wanaka. That would be nice.
Sometimes there are amazing TA moments that don’t involve hiking. It may be listening to The Doors in a Japanese restaurant, and practicing my terrible Japanese with staff; it may be getting my best hitch yet after standing 50 minutes in the rain. These things happened today.
By the time I got to Wanaka in 1 hour I received great tramping advice for the next few days from mountaineering tour operators and the DOC office, had a vegetable udon soup and found accomodation. One of the motorists who passed me while I was hitchhiking ended up being on the hotel reception. She apologised for not picking me up but informed me that someone had cancelled their room booking 2 minutes ago and so they now have one room left. It worked out well, given the circumstances!
At the moment it is raining. It has been raining all day and I am sitting in a cafe drinking a cup of earl grey tea and listening to German, Dutch, mandarin and Kiwi English. Many people are feeling cabin fever I think.
That said even in the rain, Wanaka is magical.