We left the Te Araroa at Arthur's Pass and hitched our way down to Queenstown to meet our friends Ollie & Nico. Then spent the next 2 weeks walking through Mt Aspiring National Park - partly to avoid the Rakaia and Rangitata rivers on the official route and partly because the area looked so awesome and it would be a shame to miss it.
We started at Makarora (on the way to Haast Pass) and headed south to Wanaka, via Gillespie Pass, many beautiful lakes and Rabbit Pass. Nicky didn't like the look of Waterfall face so we ended up back-tracking to Makarora, but it was a spectacular section nonetheless.
Songs used in the section:
"Making a Movie In Sevalio" by Burt Bacharach, "Bongo Rock" by Incredible Bongo Band, "Green Grass of Tunnel" by Mum, "One Way Glass" by Manfred Mann, and "Roscoe" by Midlake.