Tramping New Zealand
To experience Franz Josef Glacier we walked up to Alex Knob - unfortunately the peak and Franz Josef Glacier were covered in clouds.
Going north from Queenstown to drive along the West Coast led to a reunion with old friends, and brought us to a lot of beautiful places.
Once we had our rental car we made our way to Milford Sound, where we did a cruise and then enjoyed a daywalk on the Routeburn Track.
From Wanaka to Arrowtown, on the Motatapu Alpine Track, we experienced quite a bit of bushwacking and a walk in the riverbed.
On our off-day in Wanaka we took an evening hike up to Roy's Peak to watch the sunset.
We had a pretty miserable wet day walking to Wanaka and two nice days resting in town.
Following the crossing of the Ahuriri River we walked the Breast Hill Track - mostly an easy walk on a wide farm track with great panoramas - to get to Lake Hawea Township
After two days of biking we had to switch back to walking again and went via the East Ahuriri Track further down south.
For the very long stretch along roads between Lake Tekapo and Twizel we switched from boots to bikes and enjoyed a completely different feeling of “slow-traveling”.
After Christmas we started back on the trail with the Two Thumb Track, which lead us through challenging river crossing and across the highest point of the Te Araroa Trail.
After Waiau Pass the Trail connects to the St. James Walkway, leading through a wide, open valley.
From Blue Lake the trail leads across Waiau Pass - the second highest point of the TA and a quite adventurous climb.
Starting at St. Arnaud, along the Lake Rotoiti, the route leads across Traverse Saddle and then up to the famous Blue Lake.
The second half of the Richmond Ranges Section leads through the Red Hills - a different landscape altogether once again.
The next section of the trail led uns into Alpine terrain into the Richmond Ranges. A few summits and some steep descents made for an exciting hike.