Melinda Harrington

The MS Plus Southern Alps Adventure


Multiple sclerosis is the most common disease of the central nervous system and it strikes young people in the prime of their lives.

There is currently no known cure.

It's quite staggering that multiple sclerosis affects more young people than any other neurological condition, with the average age of diagnosis just 30 years old. Every case of multiple sclerosis is unique – the symptoms, severity and progress of the disease are different for everyone.

So I’m trekking the awe-inspiring landscapes, native bushland and expansive plains, canyons, countryside and coast of Aotearoa, New Zealand’s scenic South Island, to raise funds to deliver essential MS support services and ensure no one faces MS alone.

Please DONATE now to support my trek and give hope to thousands of Australians living with multiple sclerosis.

Thank you for your support.

My Achievements

My Updates

Walk to Whale Rock

Sunday 10th Sep


Sunday 10th Sep
Hope these will go a long way.

4ks to Whale Rock

Sunday 10th Sep
On the plus side my knee seems fine. But the long break from hiking hasn’t helped. 4ks of bushwalking was a struggle - well, only the uphill bits. Also good that my new boots did well. A bit sore around the ankle, hope they ease up over time. 

Lane Cove National Park

Sunday 10th Sep
Whale Rock

I’m back

Saturday 2nd Sep
OK, finally a trip around the reserve. Just the one but I did OK. Wore the new hiking boots. They were OK, I do worry about where they rub on my ankle bone but I tried every pair at Paddy Pallin and these were the best. By the time I go to New Zealand, they will be worn in. Definitely solid walking downhill which is good. 

My knee is not 100% but the wound has healed and it doesn’t ache much. I have an impressive scar. Starting again from scratch, once around the reserve. Will move up to two laps soon. 

This won’t help

Saturday 8th Jul
Injury to my leg - bit of a setback. I’m in the hospital.  Fortunately I have lots of time to recover and get back to training. Don’t know how long I will be off my leg. 

Only 6.5 times more altitude

Tuesday 27th Jun
Twice around my little circuit around the reserve is 47 metres of elevation and Sealy Tarns is 547 so that means I have to do about 6.5 times more when we climb Sealy Tarns. I figure if I can do the reserve ten times I will be ready. With ten months to go, I can make that happen. 

2200 STEPS!

Sunday 25th Jun

2200 steps on the third day. 

Sealy Tarns is 2200 steps. I’ve started taking the stairs at work which works out to 14 flights. So, if 2200 steps is about 183 flights, that is about 169 flights more than what I do at work. Wow. I better start climbing more stairs.

Walking up that hill

Monday 19th Jun
Turns out I haven’t been hiking in a really long time. So I’m starting 1k at a time. Round trip in the reserve behind the house is one kilometre and 43 metres of altitude. Good thing I have plenty of time to get ready for NZ because I have a long way to go. 

Thank you to my Sponsors


Melinda Harrington


Ciara B

Good on ya Melinda. I'll have to join you on a few training hikes.


We show our respect and acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are the traditional custodians of this land. We pay respects to their Elders past and present.