South Island, New Zealand – April 2013

A quick two-week getaway to New Zealand’s glorious South Island. We had wanted to do the Kepler Track for some years and thought the sooner we did it, the better. It’s a stunning track in good weather, and we were lucky that for us the second day was perfect conditions. In rain, wind or worse it would be very challenging indeed! The views were wonderful in all directions. The descent at the end of the day was rather a killer, though. It seemed endless and it took some days for our toes to recover. Of course you can never guarantee the weather so we had all the gear and only needed some of it (better than the other way round!). The huts were very cosy, as always. Thanks to the wardens who had a nice fire going in the common rooms when we arrived, though the bunk rooms were very chilly! There were lots of families with kids, and European backpackers – made for an interesting experience.

We bookended our hike with visits and walks in Christchurch, Akaroa, Wanaka, Arrowtown, Queenstown, Mt Cook and Kaikoura. The autumn colours were gorgeous (all introduced trees, but no complaints). A lovely break.

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Lake Tekapo and rowan tree. 17th April 2013 Mt Cook across Lake Pukaki. 17th April 2013 Mt Aspiring (on the right) from Glendhu Bay, Wanaka. We have yet to see it without cloud on top! 17th April 2013 Glorious autumn colour at Arrowtown near Queenstown. 18th April, 2013 Lake Wakatipu, 19th April, 2013 Walked around Moke Lake, near Queenstown, 19th April, 2013 Ready to take the boat across the lake to the start of the Kepler Track at Brod Bay, 20th April, 2013 Low cloud over Lake Te Anau, 20th April, 2013. We did a bit of exploring around Luxmore Hut that afternoon. 20th April 2013 Woke up to bright sunshine and new snow! 21st April, 2013 The view east to Te Anau and beyond. 21st April, 2013 New snow and a clear view to the southwest. 21st April, 2013 No complaints about the weather! 21st April, 2013 View from Mt Luxmore towards Te Anau. 21st April, 2013 A bit of weather to the west. 21st April, 2013 View down to Lake Te Anau's South Arm. 21st April, 2013 Looking a bit bleak but thankfully only a few drops. 21st April, 2013 Lake Te Anau seems to go for ever! 21st April, 2013 Lovely alpine plants by the track. 21st April, 2013 The beginning of the descent -900 vertical metres.You can see the path go below the treeline on the right of the picture. 21st April, 2013 More beautiful trackside colour. 22nd April, 2013 Lovely forest, following the river valley. 22nd April, 2013 Fifty shades of green. 22nd April, 2013 Back through Arrowtown for another autumn fix. 24th April, 2013 Diamond Lake walk near Wanaka, 25th April, 2013 View over Lake Wanaka from Rocky Summit. 25th April, 2013 View towards Mt Aspiring from Rocky Summit (in the clouds again!)  25th April, 2013 A blaze of autumn colour.  25th April, 2013 Weird-looking lenticular clouds as we drove towards Mt Cook.  27th April, 2013 Approaching Mt Cook. 27th April, 2013 Tasman Glacier. 27th April, 2013 Kaikoura - strange cloudy day for the Peninsula Walk. 29th April, 2013 Lazy seal lolling by the carpark. 29th April, 2013 Grey/blue - we were on the edge of the cloud band. 29th April, 2013 Unusual light and rock formations. Seals aplenty here! 29th April, 2013

Posted on June 4th, 2013, tagged with events

2 responses to “South Island, New Zealand – April 2013”

  1. Amanda says:

    NZ is certainly the palette for an artist such as Cathy. Thank you so much for sharing. Gave me a nice break from the ‘have tos!’


  2. Nadia says:

    amazing pics!
    i’m inspired to go 🙂