12 Feb 2018

Mist and Magnificence

From The Long Way Home, 1:00 pm on 12 February 2018

Bruce Hopkins wants to take his dad and brother's ashes back home to Rakiura/Stewart Island. He’s just taking the long way to get there. The long, long way. 

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Trampers in the Tongariro mist

Trampers in the Tongariro mist Photo: Bruce Hopkins

Bruce continues to fill in the blanks, taking on the big one - Tongariro . He still has the Whanganui River and the Tararuas to go before making it to the South island.

Bruce Hopkins Trail Diary - Week 17

3 February - 9 February 2018.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing


"I’m a little anxious about this actually – Tongariro Crossing. Such a renowned climb …

"Whenever I go near a location that’s meant to have spectacular views, the mist and rain clouds will come in, and I’ll have no views other than the mist in front of my face

"Once I complete all that it’s into the Tararuas (Tararua Forest Park)… and then I've finished the North Island.

"… I’ve always thought New Zealand should just declare itself an organic farm for the world.

Sub zero sleeping on Tongariro

Sub zero sleeping on Tongariro Photo: Bruce Hopkins

"I dunno, the idea of being in a hut with 18 or 19 other people ? … I kinda thought, nah, I’ll just go and get my little tent


"We interrupt this program to bring you a self-indulgent moment just expressing how stunning this is!


“ The moments of joy and beauty and bliss only come because the walking was done ……

"That’s why rich people get helicopters."

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