Can someone please advise required fitness levels for this full day hike. I am planning to do the crossing in early Jan 2011.
It is not so much fitness, but strain on knees on the steeper sections that I am concerned about, as they have taken a pounding from road running over the years. I gave up running, but am still moderately fit. On previoius visits to NZ I have hiked in Aoraki National Park (Sealey Tarns etc.) and recently did approx. 20 miles in 3 days in the Sedona mountains in Arizona and only suffrered a little with knee trouble.
Any advice greatly appreciated. Many thanks.