Makarora Tourist Centre
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This morning I woke up early (not out of choice, I think my body doesn't think it needs sleep anymore) and walked down to a local cafe for breakfast, wow, this place is so cute, and did the most amazing eggs benny! :) After breakfast I went and saw my friend Alex from England who lives here in Wanaka, and he sent me off in the right direction for a walk. I walked around Lake Wanaka until I got to Waterfall creek, then ...
... is trail
- 'burn' means river
- 'bush' is forest/woods
- 'chips' is fries (Note: I had to ask for clarification when I was asked would I like 'chips or
potatoes' Actually, I never asked about what they deemed 'potatoes' were but I did gain
insight that 'chips' meant fries)
- 'mextex' is our texmex
And onto the blog:
We woke up to a nicer, less rainy forecast in Fox Glacier ...
Once I dropped into the Haast River valley, the scenery got very different. The forest got extremely dense, and you could tell there was a lot more rain on the west side of the island. Everything was very green and there was a ton of ferns everywhere. I also got murdered by ...
... as it climbs 600 vertical metres in just over a kilometre. Most of the time we were hauling ourselves up the roots and rocks hand over hand. What fun! The views of the valley rapidly improved as we climbed and we reached the hut, perched on a ledge above the trees, early in the afternoon to soak in the views for the rest of the day. Looking across the valley to French Ridge and Mt. Aspiring was fantastic.
Day 14: The forecast ...
... was fordable at this time, several people told us that it was waist deep. Now, we’d forded rivers before, but none that deep, and we were both thinking that at that depth Orla would be floating. So, to save the risk, we booked a ride to the confluence with a local company, Wilkin Jet Boats. We also weighed our bags at their office before we started. Orla’s was 20kg, and Liam’s was 23kg.
Thus weighted, we set out for our destination for ...