I have wide and flattish feet and side spurs on my heels.... I’m on my second pair of Meindl boots and have never looked back. Compared to my old pair of Scarpa’s the difference is like day and night. The leather is super supple and offers extreme comfort.
I've done a bit of walking in NZ and i reckon the logistics are probably going to be the biggest problem for you. I know a lot of the accommdation gets booked up well in advance on a number of the trails as they are so popular so you will have to make it run like clockwork.
Good luck and I...
Well, yesterday was the first day that it’s not rained here for as long as I can remember and today looks ok. Yesterday I watched the blue sky from my window as I recover from Norovirus.... typical! It’ll probably be raining again next week...
I used one up in the cairngorms about 8 years ago. It was pretty cold but some whisky and food helped. They are great for getting you close in for a next day ascent, however on this occassion I spent the first 2 hours trying to get up Derry Caingorm through waist deep snow before abandoning!
I would have the gps in my rucksack when in the mountains for when the clag comes in and just assures me of my location. Mine is an old skool garmin like yours. Only good for giving a grid reference mind but that’s all I ever need!
They need to plan their route a bit better to avoid them! Northern Dartmoor is more bleak with less paths and few bridges, however with forward planning and a little knowledge you can avoid most streams up there.