Saturday, November 7, 2020

This is Lord of the Rings land, located at the confluence of the Dart and Reese Rivers. We checked into Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat and got some local advice for an afternoon walk. We did not hesitate and headed to the trail head for Lake Sylan. A very nice 2 hour track that leads through old moraine river terraces and tall red beech/tawhai raunui, in Mount Aspiring National Park. After the walk we headed to the trail head of the Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks”. Looked a bit different to when Stephen did this walk in the early 90’s. Might have to do this walk again one-day.

Finished the night at the Invincible bar of the Glenorchy Bar. The election still had not been decided.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

The last full day of our short trip. Which we mainly spent relaxing. We did take a short walk around on the Lagoon track, which was very pleasant.

Stephen accidentally found a track up to some disused mine shafts, which also happen to provide great views over Glenorchy, situated at the foot of the impressive mountains. This area is quite stunning.

As luck would have it, Stephen managed to find one open spot on the Milford Track. Considered one of the greats tracks in the world. Very happy to secure a pot on the track.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Breakfast at Mrs Woolly’s General Store before the short and pleasant drive to Queenstown. We spent the morning in Queenstown, just checking out the shops and enjoying the lake front.

Dropped off the camper at the airport and headed back to Wellington. The camper was good, but maybe not ideal. Certainly big enough, but making and destroying the bed each day was a little too painful for long-term travel. Maybe we are spoilt with Molly.

We packed a lot into the 10 days we had. So nice that there were hardly no tourists, this meant we did not need to plan anything, and could just freedom travel. Which is the best way to travel.

Lord of the Rings – land.
Our campsite for 2 days. We pretty much had the entire place to ourselves.
Enjoying a drink in the Glenorchy Pub.
View looking over Glenorchy.
Start of the track to Lake Sylvan.