Before walking the Kapiti Coast to lovely Wellington, the tramper must negotiate the challenging, but breathtaking, Tararua Range.
A 2-day weather-window means fast walking over muddy, tussocky ridges and goblin forests.
On a spectacular day, Blissful summits Mount Crawford before steeply down to the Otaki River.
It's a sidling nightmare past a landslip, up to Mount Pukeatua, and down a clear cut to road.
After tough mountain walking, it's easy along the river, an estuary and the grogeous beach.
Blissful climbs Mount Taranaki to greet the sunrise on New Year's Day as the first to summit.
The most important lesson I learned is if the weather is good, keep moving.
Trail Angels Rob and George insist I take a zero day and they give me Veet to finally clean up
The Escarpment Track rises steeply with fabulous views of Pukerua Bay and the Tasman Sea.
It's steep up Colonial Knob, then quiet Ohariu Valley and Mount Kaukau with Wellie views.
Blissful takes a "nero" walking through the Botanic Gardens and visiting bays strung like pearls.