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DAY 13: $6400 raised so far for Creative Centre

Tuesday February 12, 2019 Written by Published in Local
James Talbot with Andrew Swan’s family and friends in Arrowtown. 19021102 James Talbot with Andrew Swan’s family and friends in Arrowtown. 19021102

Creative Trail fundraiser James Talbot has so far raised more than $6400 towards the Creative Learning Centre in Rarotonga.


Talbot is walking the 3200km Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand aiming to raising $300,000.

On Day 13 of his Creative Trail journal, Talbot spent the day in Queenstown. This was in the weekend where he was preparing for his next journey, Arrowtown.

Talbot said in Queenstown he made his way to town that morning to find a remedy for his blisters and at Starbucks he had his first real coffee after what seemed like a long time.

He said during the day’s walk-about he walked up to nine kilometres.

The next day, which was Day 14 for Talbot, he departed early that morning for Arrowtown.

Talbot said: “I had an early departure to miss the foot traffic. Bought supplies at the 24/7 and ate on the go.

“The walk out of Queenstown was easy enough alongside the Lake Whakatipu track - a very ‘clean’ track to walk on ... it was just long ... the lake is quite big.

“Then while on the track that goes around and under the main bridge that goes over the Shotover river ... Mike (from Taipo and Greenstone Huts) turns up on a bicycle behind me!

“He is on a ‘self-propelled mission’ he can use anything (like a bicycle or a canoe) to help him get places.”

Talbot continued his walk following the track to the footbridge across the Shotover River and made his way towards Lake Hayes near Arrowtown.

The track made its way through new subdivisions in the area where Talbot later found Lake Hayes track and at the end of Lake Hayes track he was picked up by his billet Andrew Swan at around 2.45pm.

He covered 24.3kilometres in eight hours.

Talbot said he went to Swan’s home where he met his wife Martha Swan, their son Rafe and daughter Esther, who has Downs Syndrome, and made Talbot’s day extra special.

“Had some interesting conversation. Martha and Andrew own a house in Rarotonga so we continued with our conversation and it turns out he is the cousin of Mareko Boyd.”

Talbot left for Roses Hut the next day following the Motatapu track through Macetown an old gold mining settlement in the mountains and straight to Wanaka.

An update from his Facebook page showed that Talbot was making his way to Wanaka after reaching Roses Hut in 12.25 hours covering the distance of 22.3 kilometres for his Creative Trail walk.

Meanwhile Talbot acknowledged the Ockham Group for their donation of $1000.

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