|Cindi tends to tramp blistered feet|
|Moonrise from the Hawken beach bach in Waiwera|
|Most of the bags were gone by the time we arrived in Picton!!!|
|A bit of a close meeting in Marlborough sound|
The drive south was beautiful, a nice mix of coastal and inland road.
|Driving toward Mt. Cook, storm clouds brewing|
|Mt Cook, before the storm hit. That's Dirt Bravo on the right|
|Sheep dog working his flock above Moke Lake|
|Campground host at Moke Lake. Between arrivals he used his motorcycle to herd (harass??) sheep.|
|DOC camp at Moke Lake.......the big boys and their land toys!|
In Queenstown, we met up with Seattle friends Rich and Laura at the airport and went to pick up their camper van rental.
|What the Porta Loo lacked in privacy it made up for with the view!!!|
Some pix from the Routeburn:
|Routeburn Flats hut - sweet lunch stop|
|Cindi makes her way gingerly across a log bridge as Adam holds it steady!!!|
|Cindi and "Seth" clearly hit it off from the start!!!|
|Texting and driving, a no-no, while a jet boat passes by on the lake in the background....not quite a scene from the movie!!!|
|The 5 Musketeers !!!|
|Chinese camp today, shown above, is pretty much as it's always been|
|If doors could talk.....lots of stories here|
Next up was an exploration of the Lake Wanaka area, about an hour away from Queenstown. Also surrounded by mountains, the region has some fantastic tramping. Hard to go wrong on a beautiful sunny day! Even the drive over was beautiful.
|Tramping up at Diamond Lake|
First up was a hike up to the Rob Roy glacier. A great tramp with heaps of "bang for the buck". Highly recommended!
|Gratuitous "sheep shot".....Hey, it's New Zealand, fer chrissakes!!!|
|Foot bridge marks the start of the tramp up to the Rob Roy amphitheatre|
After leaving Rich and Laura to head back up toward Christchurch, we pointed Dirt Bravo toward Fjordland, home of the famous Milford and Doubtful Sounds. Like most of the area, the drive was beautiful, making its winding way from the sheep and cattle stations around Lake Te Anau up to the mountains of the "Southern Alps".
We did a great tramp up to Key Summit, which had terrific views into the Milford Sound area which was to follow. Coincidentally the hike started on the other end of the Routeburn Track, which we'd hiked at the other end the week before!!!
We'll leave off here, and save the Milford Sound explorations for the next post.....stay tuned! Until then, cheers, mates, from Queenstown! The sun just came out...time for another tramp !!!!