Our first DOC Site
Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
87Trip End Dec 29, 2008
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We had read about the Department of Conservation Campsites as being good (but basic) places to camp in beautiful locations and decide to give our first one a try
In the headlights, we spot a van sized space which was surrounded by some trees with a glint of water through the tree line. It was a difficult angle to get in to so we decided to keep following the track. By now light was really fading fast and being in forest made visibility hard.
We kept going and saw an outline of an animal at the waters edge. Then a car tucked in the trees. The relief at realising the animal was a dog was quite a shock. We kept going and got to the end and in the dark just about saw a perfect spot for our van. How Clive managed to reverse into a space about a foot larger than our van I do not know, but we were in !
By the morning, we are totally converted to DOC campsites. There is no power, just a long drop toilet. But you get a priceless location.
In the morning we woke up at our campsite which was right on the shoreline of a mist covered lake with a view of the snow capped mountains all around. There was absolutely no one else around. The silence and the sunrise over the lake made for a very peaceful breakfast.