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DAY 11: Talbot in Queenstown

Saturday February 09, 2019 Written by Published in Local
James Talbot (left) with a hiker he met along the way during his walk. 19020807 James Talbot (left) with a hiker he met along the way during his walk. 19020807

Creative Trail hiker James Talbot has made it to his first major stop on his 3200- kilometre walk in New Zealand, the tourist mecca of Queenstown.


Talbot, who is walking the length of New Zealand along the Te Araroa Trail, hopes to raise $300,000 for the Creative Centre in Rarotonga.

In his Day 11 journal Talbot reported on his walk from Taipo Hut to Greenstone Park.

He made it Greenstone Park at 3pm took a break and continued his walk and was picked up by John and Kay Richards.

“A lovely older couple who have been very welcoming, including their old dog Blaze,” he said.

Talbot said he spent the night at the Richards where they talked about Rarotonga and his journey.

He was lucky as the couple were heading to Queenstown the next day (day 12).

He walked the distance of 22.5kilometres in 7.5 hours.

“A couple of lessons I've learned so far is don't underestimate what you can achieve and also don't overestimate what you think you can do ... be humble and be honest with yourself.”

In his Day 12 journal Talbot said he had 112 days to go.

Seemed like a long way to go, but Talbot is doing it for the greater good especially for the Creative Centre that has been supporting him along the way.

Having completed 252 kilometres, he reached Queenstown.

He said the scenery was divine and was amazing to see the country side.

“I have been busy sorting out my old backpack (that my sister sent down for me) and will be mailing the other one back to base HQ as it was just too uncomfortable, plus my hiking shorts as I have already lost 7kgs and they needed replacing.

“Queenstown is super busy with people and is just crazy ... missing Raro and our lifestyle.”

He will spend two days in Queenstown before he continues his walk to Arrowtown on Sunday. “Then I'm off into the hills to Roses hut then back out to Wanaka (Tuesday).”

So far $5330.28 has been given by 88 donors through the Give a Little page.  

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