Well That’s A New One!

A list of some words and sayings I had to ask for explanations for while I was in New Zealand. They are not all necessarily New Zealand sayings, rather I just heard them said while I was there.

Pear shaped -> Go sideways, get out of hand.

Kia Ora -> Hello.

Sweet as -> That’s it just sweet as. Unless they get excited then they might throw in a bro at the end.

Tarpaulin -> Tarp. This is what a tarp is actually called.

Partner -> Applies to all couples.

Tyres -> How they spell tire.

Aluminium -> How they spell and say aluminum.

Toilet -> The bathroom.

Long drop -> Outhouse/Porta-potty. After-all, it is a long drop….

Guard Bail -> Guard rail.

Fork hoist -> Fork lift.

Windscreen -> Windshield.

Boot -> Trunk of a car.

Choice -> Awesome.

Chilly bin -> A cooler for beer.

Heaps -> A lot of something.

Torch -> Flashlight.

Mince -> Instead of ground beef they have minced beef, or just mince.

 

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South Island Hiking

These are some of the walks that I did while in New Zealand. All of these were ones I did in the South Island. I did a few hikes on the North Island but none compared to the ones I did on the South Island. That is not to say there are no good ones in the North Island, I just did not do many walks in the North Island, even though I know there are some good ones. I have gone through and ranked them in various categories for how they felt for me.

Difficulty:

T8: Queenstown Hill (Nice zig-zag trail that went up gradually and wasn’t too hard)

T8: Mount Crichton (Not a very long hike and did not have any quick changes in elevation)

7: Rob Roy Glacier Trek (Has a few spots that are decently steep but not for too long and I didn’t notice it too much because I was too busy looking around at the scenery)

6: Routeburn Track (The start was very flat and then for the last hour it was pretty much all uphill)

5: Ben Lomond (This was the first big hike I did in New Zealand so I think that contributed to how hard it felt. It was also a full day hike and the top bit from the saddle up was pretty tough)

4: Cameron Hut (Some pretty sketchy sections as well as not the best trail added to the difficulty of the multiple changes in elevation. Having packs on, loaded for an overnight stay, added weight and an extra obstacle in some occasions to the equation as well)

3: Roy’s Peak (This hike was all up-hill, looking at the same thing pretty much the entire time so you couldn’t get lost in the scenery as much. It also took us all day because we walked from Wanaka and then back after as well)

2: Breast Hill (This one had almost everything. There were points we basically had to crawl up. Other parts were steep for long periods of time. There was wind added to the factor at the top as well as lots of cliff faces that you don’t come back from if you decide to ride them down)

1: Mount Isthmus (This one was hard for a few reasons. One: that you looked at the same thing for the majority of the hike. Two: it had some very steep parts, pretty much the whole thing is up-hill. Three: we ran into snow at the top. Four: we did not know where the top was so we were tricked a few times which really messed with our heads and made it harder than it was)

 

Views:

9: Queenstown Hill (Overlooking Queenstown and Lake Wakitipu)

8: Mount Crichton (Had a waterfall and a nice view out into a small valley)

7: Roy’s Peak (Overlooking Lake Wanaka, Wanaka, and a decent 30 degree view)

6: Ben Lomond (Pretty outstanding 360 degree view of pretty much just nature)

5: Mount Isthmus (360 degree view overlooking Lake Wanaka as well as Lake Hawea)

4: Cameron Hut (A view from the bottom of a valley surrounded by mountains with a river running behind the hut and a waterfall just 2 min walk away)

3: Breast Hill (360 degree view of Lake Hawea as well as some absolutely amazing cliff faces)

2: Routeburn Track – (At the Routeburn Falls Hut there was an awesome set of waterfalls as well as a really good view over the valley you just walked along)

1: Rob Roy Glacier Trek (Constantly changing views with an amazing view of a glacier at the end. I did this hike once in the rain and twice on sunny days, never disappointed)

 

Favourite:

9: Queenstown Hill – Really easy with a nice view over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu

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8: Mount Crichton – Has a waterfall and cool gold mining hut. It is away from the city.

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7: Roy’s Peak – View is the same all the way up, looking at Lake Wanaka. The view from the top is decent though.

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6: Mount Isthmus – This one was hard but the view all the way up and at the top was awesome.

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5: Ben Lomond – I would do this one again. The whole way up you have really nice views into the valley and up to the peak of the mountain.

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4: Cameron Hut – The walk to the hut was really cool but also pretty sketchy at points. There were quite a few small river crossings and one big river crossing. The big one was up to my knees on the way in and then on the way out it was nearly up to my waist. There were a couple of spots that rock slides had happened at one point that we had to walk across. The actual trail itself had lots of ups and downs and lots of it was on ledges, rather than a nice flat wide path. The hut was small and had four bunks with a counter, a fire-place, and even had a few wires and strings set up as clothes lines. The hut was right beside a river and when you walked out the door you looked up at a waterfall. This was the first time I had stayed at a hut.

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3: Breast Hill – Like I said this was a really tough climb but the views were really good. It has probably the best cliffs I have seen on any hike.

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2: Routeburn Track – This one had a nice easy start to it to get you warmed up, then the last hour is a pretty aggressive uphill to the Routeburn Falls Hut. The view was ever-changing and you went through quite a few different landscapes. The view from the top was amazing. From the hut, looking out over the valley we just walked through was awesome as were the waterfalls just above the hut.

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1: Rob Roy Glacier Trek Rain/Rob Roy Glacier Trek 2 – This track is a nice one that anyone can do. It has some challenging bits but nothing too crazy. Getting to walk through a forest for most of it is really cool and the glacier at the end looks awesome.

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Honourable Mentions:

Upper Clutha River (near Wanaka) – The walk from Wanaka, along the east side of the lake and along the river is very pretty. Once you get to Albert Town it is not very exciting as you just walk along streets back to Wanaka.

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Glendhu Bay (almost) – It was a really nice walk along Lake Wanaka. It was harder than the east side of the lake but still very doable. The bay before the actual Glendhu Bay is very peaceful and pretty. It has a cool cabin, which was locked, and an old outdoor kitchen area. It had kind of an eerie feel about it but was a neat find.

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Dublin Bay – Really easy walk, hardly any hills. You can get down by the water in some areas although there isn’t really a track once down there. The river’s edge is really mossy and squishy, my feet got wet. I seen two people and a dog, don’t think it is a very popular walk.

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Hope you enjoyed my little recap. Until the next adventure comes calling for me, Stay Positive, Be Better, and Go Get It!

Abel Tasman

Sun was supposed to be in the forecast for today but mainly we got rain.

This did not stop us from doing quite a lengthy walk. To get to our walk today we did things a little differently. Instead of hopping in the car we were renting and driving to the start of the track we had a bus come and pick us up right from the hostel. The bus drove us up the road to a place called Kaiteriteri. It was here that we were issued tickets for the boat that would then ferry us out to Medlands Beach. On the way we stopped at Split Apple Rock which is a large round rock that is cracked in half sitting on a pile of stones in one of the bays. We also stopped at an island that had a colony of fur seals that lives on it. In just a short pass we saw probably around ten seals.

Now in fairness it did not rain all day. It really didn’t start raining until we were about half way to our drop off spot. We weren’t too concerned about the rain because we were told that most of our walk would be in a forrest and the trees would protect us from any light showers.

I have no doubts that the forrest would have protected us, if it had been a “light shower”. It seemed to be a little more towards a “heavy rain” thus the trees just simply weren’t strong enough to hold back the rain. In short we got quite wet on this 4 hour walk. Even though we did get wet it was still a very cool walk.

First we headed in the wrong direction to go look at Bark Bay which was pretty cool. Don’t worry, we did it on purpose, the guide who told us to go there also made sure we understood we had to turn around and come back in order to make it to our proper destination. From Bark Bay it was a quick 180 degree turn to head back the direction we came from, which would take us  along the middle portion of the Abel Tasman Walking Track and eventually to Anchorage Bay which is where we would get picked up by the boat in about 5 hours. So we had around 12 km to walk plus a little 40 minute detour to a cool little spot where we made a friend, all to do in those 5 hours.

Piece of cake.

This walk was a little bit hilly but not too bad considering being in New Zealand. There wasn’t anything crazy amazing about this walk but it was still quite beautiful and had some really spectacular views looking out into multiple bays along the path. There was also a suspension bridge along the way which is always a fun time when walking with someone who doesn’t particularly like them.

After about 3 hours of walking we made it to the point where we left the main track and made our way to Cleopatra Pools. We had to climb over some rocks and quite a large fallen tree to get to the actual Cleopatra Pools. Pretty much as soon as we got there a duck came flying in and landed in the pool right in front of us. I had my GoPro on the extended stick and was filming under water. The duck started to swim towards me and I slowly lifted the GoPro out of the water and he slowly turned around a swam a safe distance away. We did this 3 or 4 times before I stoped with the GoPro and just let him do what he wanted.

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He jumped out of the water and wattled straight over to Alanna. She got close enough that she could try to pet him, although when she did actually end up touching him he let out quite the honk and jumped back into the water.

He didn’t stay away for long though. He did a circle around the rock we were standing by and then jumped back out of the water again. We tried to get him to come right up to us but he always kept a foot or so back from our outstretched hands. After about 10 minutes of this we decided to head back to the main track.

To our surprise, as we walked away the duck followed us! He waddled his way across the rocks and up the bank to the spot we had to climb across the big rocks and the large tree. We made our way across and he stood there surveying the area. Looking as though he was trying to figure out how he was going to get across too. Once we were across we started calling him to follow. “Come on Mr. Ducky”. The scary part was, he listened! He launched himself into the air and flew across to land in the water just below our feet. He then jumped up on the bank and walked with us again up the track a little longer. It was quite funny.

We then said our goodbye’s as we were getting hungry and we still had about 3km to go to get to Anchorage Bay. The last bit was probably the hardest. We had to climb up a bit of a mountain to get to the other side where the bay was. It ended up being about 200m incline over about a half hour period. Then it was a slick climb all the way back down the other side. Had it not been raining all day it would not have been much of a problem, but with the rain it made for a bit of a slippery slope.

An hour later, and still an hour to spare before our boat was due to pick us up, we had made it to Anchorage Bay. A short exploration of the beach then lead us to find a spot on the beach for some lunch.

About a half hour after finishing our lunch, and having seen a few birds dive bomb into the water of the bay to attempt to catch fish (this was cool as it was something I had only seen on Discovery Channel and never thought I would se it in person), our boat had arrived to take us back to Kaiteriteri.

White Water

After having a pretty chill day the day before (our excitement for the day was going to watch Trolls in the theatre, we both agreed it was a good movie) we decided that the next day would be a little more exciting. We decided to do something neither of us had ever done before. We had both been white water rafting before, I had actually done this exact river 3 years ago, so we decided we would go down the river in a way we didn’t even know existed until we seen it on the website.

White water sledge (AKA: riverboarding).

As opposed to getting into a raft with 4 other people and a guide we were going to be putting on flippers and grabbing an oversized plastic boogie board with a handle. We also got a helmet and life jacket.

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This river has the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world at 7 meters! Luckily we didn’t have to battle our way through that one as we started after that section of the river. Trust me, the “little” 1 or 2 meter ones we went down were plenty difficult and washed out our noses, ears, and even my mouth, quite well enough.

After being given the proper safety briefing (of which Alanna understood next to none of as the guides had a fairly heavy accent and talked pretty fast) we grabbed our sledges and headed down the hill to the edge of the river. Once there the guide said a bit to the river as it was a very sacred river to the Maori people, sacred as in they used to “bury” their dead in it. I’m not exactly sure what he said, it was all in Maori, but I think he asked the river to be nice to us and allow us to safely enter into the waters.

With that it was time to jump in. Literally. Flippers, helmet, and life jacket on we jumped into the river having our sledges tossed to us once we had resurfaced. We then went over the few ways there are to roll over and get back on top of the sledge in case we happened to end up not on it at some point. Even in the fairly calm waters of this section of the river this proved to not be easy, but we eventually got it sorted out.

Performing that to the satisfaction of the guides (we each had our own as there was only us two doing the sledge) off we went down the river.

I’m not going to lie, I don’t remember a lot of specific details as it was all one big blur (especially the five or six times my contacts decided they wanted to almost come out of my eye). I don’t remember how many waterfalls we went down but it was enough. Most of them we would go straight down first then kick of to one side so we could circle back around to the edge of the falls.

Once at the edge of the falls we did a few different things. A couple of them we actually climbed out of the water, up onto the rock, and jumped back into the waterfall with our sledge. The idea was to land just at the edge of the waterfall and “surf” the “bubbly” part. More often than not this did not go according to plan the first time and we were flipped around, upside down, backwards, and spit out the other end of the  “bubbly” part into the river. This usually also was paired with having your nose and/or ears cleaned out really well. Then we would regroup (usually making sure both contacts were still in my head), revise the strategy and try it again. The second time generally went better than the first although we still had a less than graceful exit from our “surf”.
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Other times we swam into the waterfall from the edge where it was a bit more calm and then enter back into the “bubbly” part to try to “surf” again. This was done with much the same lack of grace as the jumping into the waterfall was done but it too usually went better the second time.

One of the waterfalls created a sort of whirlpool off to the side so we decided to have a play in that. It was one of the easier things we did as the water pretty much did the work for you. All that was required from us was to swim into the flow of the river right below the waterfall and hold that for longer than you wanted to, and then spin around and face down river, letting it take you where it pleased. Again on the second try things went much more the way they were meant to and what ended up happening was that you would go down river for a few seconds then be swept to the side and spun around in the whirlpool a few times before entering back into the flow of the river and repeating the ordeal.

On the last waterfall we did things slightly different. We still started the same going down river with the current only this time we twisted sideways so we were looking at the bank and pressing the edge of the sledge, that was going into the waterfall first, down into the water. This waterfall was slightly different and instead of spitting you out the other end it would grab the edge of the sledge and twist you around so you faced up the waterfall and would “surf” the waterfall. If you did it right. I apparently did not as I only glanced the waterfall in passing for a second before being sucked under and given a right proper face wash. It felt like I had stuck my head out the window of a speeding car only it was water that was slamming my lips open onto my face and cleaned my teeth for me. The I was promptly spun around, flipped upside down, and spit out the other end.

Again gathering my wits and organizing my contacts back into their proper spots I swam to the edge of the waterfall to watch Alanna go. And. She. Nailed it! Side of the sledge down, water grabbed it, flipped her facing up the waterfall, kept the nose pulled up so the water went under, and didn’t pulled her under like it did to me, then fairly gracefully rode out the end of it.

Then it was time to do the jump into the waterfall for a “surf”. On my first attempt things went pretty well according to plan. I managed to “surf” a few seconds then give a thumbs up to the camera before I pulled the nose up too far and the water pushed me over backwards, spun me around a few times and spit me out the other end.

Alanna’s turn to jump in came next. She jumped in, landed exactly where she need to be, kept the nose up just enough, then started to tip sideways. We all thought that was the end of it. Until she barrel rolled out of it and right back up into her “surf”. Wow. All of us watching started to hoot and holler, the guides leading the excitement. Again it was a fairly graceful exit from the waterfall for her.

This next time we jumped in was going to be the last. The idea was that we would all jump in and “surf” the waterfall for the camera lady to take a group picture. One of the guides jumped in first, not before telling me, “she’s showing you up so far, better show us what you got on this one”. With that he was off into the waterfall. He stuck the landing. Now the pressure was on. I jumped. Sledge slammed onto the water. Got it. The guide and I were “surfing” beside each other. Now it was Alanna’s turn. She jumped. Sledge slammed onto the water. Nose dove down. Alanna disappeared for a brief second before she presented her fins to the sky and her face got a good wash as she nearly flipped ass over tea kettle. Somehow righting herself she grabbed out for whatever was in front of her. Turns out that something was me as her sledge had been ripped from her hands and spit out behind her. It wasn’t too long before she too followed suit and was re-acquainted with her sledge as the guide caught it and then her. With that it was my turn to take a less than graceful exit from the waterfall, although it was much more graceful than Alanna’s. With that botched we ended our sledge down the river.

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Once back at the office and out of our wetsuits and back into street clothes we got a chance to check out our pictures. This is when we found out that the last attempt for a good picture was not completely botched as the camera lady caught Alanna’s golden exit of the waterfall. We had quite the laugh when we saw them, hopefully you enjoy them even half as much as we did.

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Didn’t Even Die…..

Remember that time we almost died….but we didn’t?

YUP!

If you ever go to Cathedral Caves in New Zealand make sure you bring some shorts, and maybe a snorkel and some goggles if you want to see the other caves around the corner.

Okay well it wasn’t that bad but shorts would have been a decent idea.

After we looked at the main caves that are called The Cathedral Caves we decided to go around the corner and see some other caves, which are not The Cathedral Caves (as the lady at the gate made sure we understood). It was low tide because you can only go to Cathedral Caves at low tide and because the ever helpful lady at the gate told us it was low tide. She also was the one that told us about the caves around the corner. She said we would get wet but that we could get there if we wanted to.

Alanna decided to take her shoes off and carry them and a few other things, like her phone, in her hands. I decided I was going to leave my shoes and pants on, roll up the legs to just above my knee, and leave the stuff in my pockets because the water wasn’t going to get that high anyway.

With shoes in her hand and me holding up my pant-legs we started walking through the roughly knee high water. Already I was slightly regretting some of my decisions. The initial part of the walk through the edge of the ocean was fine. The water was staying low enough and we were moving along nicely. Then, well……watch the video.

So yeah….. Rolling up the pants did not make much of a difference seeing as how the water ended up at my bellybutton. Also holding things like my phone, wallet, and GoPro batteries in my hand, above my head like Alanna did, rather than leaving them in my pocket, might have been a good idea. Or I could have left them in the car from the beginning. Turns out I didn’t need my wallet, with only credit cards in it, on the beach where the closest town is over half an hour away. Who woulda guessed?

By the way turning around and seeing Alanna in waist deep water holding her shoes and phone above her head was actually quite funny….you probably had to be there. That was until I realized she was not enjoying the ocean bath as much as I was. With a few words of encouragement, and a few not so encouraging words, we both did make it to the other side relatively unharmed. Alanna maybe a little more scared from the events than I was….

But hey! We didn’t even die! So it’s all good…..right?

Just so you know the walk back was less eventful as the ocean cooperated a lot better and we decided to link arms as we walked back. In hindsight, probably should have done that on the way there too.

And just to clarify…there were fur seals and then penguins at the end of the video. I wasn’t just taking videos of the rocks!

Hope all is well in your world!

Take care!

Shake, Rattle, and Roll

The reason for waking was not of a normal reason like having to go to the bathroom, being hungry, or because it was morning. The reason I woke up early Monday was due to the bed shaking in a very strange way. My first reaction was to roll over and ask Alanna what she was doing. When she replied “Nothing”, I was at first very confused. Then I heard the toilet lid tapping against the back of the toilet. Then I realized the bed was not shaking on its own but that EVERYTHING was moving! That was when I realized something I had never experience before was happening.

Both of us, being frozen with awe, remained laying in bed staring straight ahead at nothing in particular. The shaking continued for about a minute before it slowly rolled to a stop. When it had finally stoped we both continued to stare forward for some time. Then snapping back to reality we looked at each other. “Was that….Did we just…..Was that an earthquake?” Like the earth itself was listening, the entire room started to shake slightly again.

I grabbed my phone and turned on the internet to search to see if I was going crazy. It didn’t take long to figure it out. After typing in “earthquake” into Google the top heading, in big bold letters was, “7.4m earthquake in New Zealand”.

I clicked on the first link, which happened to break down each earthquake that happens on the planet. The one at the top of the list, which happened 5 minutes ago, was from NewZealand. I read aloud. “November 14th, 2016. 12:02am. Depth: 15km. Magnitude: 7.4. Location 15km North-East of Culverden.” I stopped. “We drove through there to get here.”

Alanna replied, “Isn’t that a pretty big earthquake?”

“I’m thinking so. It says it was rated severe.”

We were in Christchurch and felt our very first earthquake! It was the first of many quakes to come. It had happened just outside Kaikoura, around 100kms north east of Christchurch.

We then looked for a radio station that we could listen to. Eventually we found Radio Live which was taking calls from people all around the country who had felt the quakes. They did a splendid job of informing us prairie folk, and everyone else, of what we should do in case of another large earthquake, as well as help to keep us informed on what was happening and any warnings that were going out.

Still being pretty much asleep, and in bed (clearly this was our first rodeo and we had basically froze in sheer confusion and inability to understand what was actually happening), we felt quite a few aftershocks but still tried to go back to sleep. Hoping that it was a dream and that when we woke up in the morning everything would be back to normal.

When we woke up we tuned back into Radio Live, which was already open on my phone. Our first hint that we had not somehow had the same dream. The first thing we heard was the radio host talking with a caller about the earthquake near Kaikoura. Hint number two, and the last one we needed to realize, it was not a dream. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake had happened. It had definitely been the one that woke us, and we had felt only a fraction of its power.

In Kaikoura they had felt the brunt of it. There were various landslides, cracks through roads, pieces of land had fallen from sight, and parts of the ocean floor close to the coast jumped up above the water. A man stood in one of the cracks in the road and the top of the road came up to his shoulders. Some reported that the ground had shifted around 2.5m while others said that the ocean floor had risen nearly 5m in spots. As we listened to the radio more we learned that this earthquake even triggered a possible tsunami and that pretty much the entire east coast of New Zealand was now under a tsunami warning. One report I read later said there was a 2.5m wave reported in one east coast town.

All in all it was a very odd way to start the day and the week. Probably one of the weirdest things I have ever felt. It made me feel very small to be shook around like that with what seemed to be relative ease by some unseen giant. It felt like being on top of a bowl of jello that was gently being shaken in a somewhat circular motion.

This circular motion was also an extra surprise, not only for us. As we listened to the radio more throughout the day and talked with a few people we met at the wildlife sanctuary it became apparent that the circular motion of the earthquake was not normal. Usually it is a back and forth motion that just goes two directions as apposed to all the directions like this one did. I don’t know, this is just what I was told.

And, yes, we went to a wildlife sanctuary the day there had been an earthquake. There were quite a few people there actually and it was pretty much “business as usual” (one of the workers had actually said that when someone called to see if they were open). The only thing that was a bit off was that the gorillas had not dealt with the earthquake very well and were a bit stressed.

Anyway, some other interesting things we found out as the days went by.

  • Aftershocks are still earthquakes, they are just triggered by an initial earthquake.
  • Keep lots of water and a few days worth of food with you at all times for the next while. We had to be told this, even after hearing that Kaikoura was probably going to run out of things like water, gas, and other items before help could reach them.
  • Some people were saying that aftershocks can happen for months after the original earthquake.
  • By Monday at 2:10 (roughly 14 hours after the first earthquake) there had been 382 aftershocks.
  • By Tuesday there had been 882 aftershocks.
  • By Wednesday there had been 1572 aftershocks. No idea if this is normal or not.
  • What we felt in Christchurch was apparently fairly mild. In Kaikoura houses had been levelled and in Christchurch there seemed little to no damages.
  • Wellington was also affected by the earthquake having many buildings with damage and even causing a river to overflow and flood some low lying areas north of Wellington.
  • We were not prepared at all for this type of situation. Evident by our failure to even get out of bed.
  • If we would have stayed in Kaikoura, like we initially planned, we would have been stuck there for 3 or 4 days as the roads in and out of the town were all damaged by the quake.
  • No matter if you have been in an earthquake before or not, they are still scary.

We pray for those who were affected by the earthquake, both human and animal, especially those who lost family and loved ones.

Routeburn Track

The Routeburn Track is north of Glenorchy and Kinloch at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu. There are a few different paths to follow on this track. Right at the start there is a scenic route you can take that is about an hour round trip from the car park. There are a few other tracks that lead off to other areas but I don’t think they go very far. They seemed to be going to another hut or a flat (not a flat like a house but like a flat area on the ground). We didn’t inspect any of these as we wanted to make sure we had plenty of time to get to the falls, relax, and then still make it back to Kinloch in time for supper (most importantly).

The first two hours of the walk is pretty chill. There are a few ups and downs, its New Zealand….nothing is flat here, but it was quite manageable. Along the way you walk through some forest, some areas that look like grasslands (and actually smelled like the prairies back home on a hot summer day too), and cross some decently sturdy bridges.

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At the end of the two hours we were presented with a choice. We could continue on the quite easy track to the Routeburn Flat Hut, or we could take the hour hike up to the Routeburn Falls Hut. We wanted to see the waterfall so we started the trek up the mountain.

On the brochure we looked at it said something to the effect of, the track is fairly flat to the Routeburn Flat Hut then there is a rapid increase in elevation to the Routeburn Falls Hut. They weren’t joking. It was a very accurate description. Like rapid increase in elevation the entire way to the Falls Hut, for an hour. In the two hours to the Flats Hut we probably climbed a bit less than 200m. In the hour to get from the Flats Hut to the Falls Hut we probably climbed a bit less than 300m. So yeah, rapid increase in elevation…..Check.

There are a few bridges on the hike up to the Falls Hut, two of which are much less sturdy than those we crossed getting to the Flats Hut. Most of the bridges we crossed getting to the Flats Hut could probably support around ten people at a time. The ones we crossed on the way to the Falls Hut said five people and two people. Both of these bridges were deemed one person bridges when we crossed them.

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Once we were safely across the bridges and nearly to the Falls Hut then the path changed from a well-worn path on the side of a mountain to a well worn sidewalk with some steps built on the side of a mountain. Still uphill though.

The Flats Hut was HUGE! It looked like a resort on the side of a mountain. There were two large buildings. The one on the left was a guide’s office or something like that and then there was a large hut for travelers to stay in. It has 48 bunks in it and another space just as large that serves as a kitchen and dining area. Just slightly more roomy than the Cameron Hut which graciously held 4 bunks, a kitchen, and dining area all in one room where you could stand in the middle and touch pretty much everything in it.

After we had inspected the large ‘huts’, more like a cabin or a lodge if you ask me, then we went up to look at the waterfalls. They were amazing. Something about water, like fire, I could just sit and watch it all day. So powerful but yet so relaxing.

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I don’t have a video put together yet, I’m working on a few right now, but when I do I will update this post and let you know the video is up. Hopefully in the next few days.

UPDATE:

Video is ready to roll! Check it out!