Manapouri to Queenstown

Trip Start Jan 22, 2013
Trip End Mar 18, 2013

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

I went back to the "lounge" in the morning to send more posts. Karen joined me and we sat in this smallish room with an Asian German girl, and a 70 yr old German man.  The night before there was a French family of 4, 2 German girls planning their trip, a woman alternating between knitting and reading her Nook, and me.  We talked some politics and socialism with him.  He said he spends about 7 weeks a year in his German home outside Munich.  He's been to NZ 7 times because one of his daughters lives here and another in Australia.  It was another interesting dialogue for sure.  He told us about a lot of places he recommended.

After going to the campervan dump station next to the fire station, we headed to the “tramp head” of the Keppler Track for a 12k round trip jaunt.  The hike was pretty level thru varied types of red beech trees, ferns of different varieties, and multi-colored moss.  The trail was mostly over a peat base so was soft to walk on.  Reminded me of a hike I took without Karen when we were on the Mosel River in Germany.  The trees lose their leaves and bark and it decomposes on the trail.

We ended up at a really cool beach on Lake Manapouri that had a hut that had 6 bunk beds and a fireplace.  The beach was white sand a limestone rocks with lots of driftwood.  We basically hiked thru old swampland and bogs to get there.  Came across many sinkholes along the way.

After the hike we gassed up the “love nest” and headed back to Queenstown.  Karen slept most of the 2+ hrs.   Waved at Stu’s Fishing Shop on the way thru Athol.  The drive along Lake Wakapitu was just as stunning.  Went to dinner at The Fishbone in Queenstown.  Karen had monkfish and I had a seafood curry with green lipped mussels, calamari, sea clams,scallops, and steamed Chinese lotus plant. Stocked up at the grocery store and hiked  back to our holiday park.

In the photos I've attached you'll see a sneak preview of the next leg of our trip.  I got ahead of myself.  Oops!

The river water is really cold, as are most of the lakes.  
I did see lots of mushrooms on the Keppler Track trail but could only identfy a poisonous one. 
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John Huber on

Wow, this "Haast" to be a beautiful place! Have fun!

Brad Volz on

Stu's Fly Shop at "Athol"? How do you pronounce "Athol"??

kathy Franzel on

HI Karen and just loving your blog...the photos are spectacular...what a treat it is to vicariously join you on your journey...thank you for taking the time to do this...just think about what memories you are creating!

Hugs from Kirkland...

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