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Lake Alta

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    • Day 35

      Lake Alta

      April 4 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

      Randonnée pour rejoindre le Lac Alta. Un joli petit lac d’altitude situé dans la chaîne de montagnes les « Remarkables » qui domine la ville de Queenstown.
      Pour rejoindre le départ de la randonnée, qui se situe un pied d’une station de skis il faut emprunter une route très escarpée et qui grimpe beaucoup. Notre petit van Titoki a été bien brave pour monter là haut !
      Arrivés au lac, Thibaut a voulu faire son malin et tenter de baigner mais elle était vraiment beaucoup trop froide !
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    • Day 40

      Ski fahren mit Benno in The Remarkables

      August 11, 2023 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 0 °C

      Auch wenn dem Geldbeutel Wehtat ohne einen Job, aber wenn man schon in Queenstown ist und es in Winter ist, kann man auch mal Skifahren mit einem Freund. Zwischen dem Skigebiet und der Stadt Queenstown liegen ungefähr 30 Minuten Fahrzeit mit dem Auto, doch der Weg ist sehr schön, um hochzufahren. Oben angekommen hatten wir euch Glück mit dem Wetter, denn die Sonne hat den ganzen Vormittag geschienen.
      Auch wenn ich den Job als Skilehrer nicht bekommen haben vom Skigebiet, habe ich Benno ein bisschen Unterrichtet und ihm es beigebrachter, denn er war totale Anfänger. Es bereitete mir viel Spaß ihm es beizubringen. In der Mittagspause haben wir einen Burger und ein Softgetränk und gegönnt. Benno konnte am Nachmittag schon von ganz alleine. Das Skigebiet an sich ist recht klein, aber sehr schön, es gibt 4 Lifte und viele Anfänger. Die meinten sind davon Asiaten. Für den Skitag haben insgesamt rund 400 $ ausgeben. Wir beide sind danach zum Hostel gefahren, welches das Lylo oder auch Miss Lucys hieß, so wie in Christchurch. Am Tag vor dem Skifahren habe ich mir diese coole Skibrille zugelegt, die sehr viel Style hat und Drip.
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    • Day 191

      Queenstown & The Remarkables

      January 6, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      We made our way from Wanaka to Queenstown. On the way, there was a nice, quiet freedom campsite on Lake Hayes. It was a nice base to explore the surroundings, without staying in busy Queenstown.

      We walked a loop around Kelvin peninsula. It's a great place to watch the Jet Boats and Hydro Attack Shark Boats skim by through the Queenstown Harbour. And it's mostly flat along the water, so it was a peaceful walk.

      Next we drove up the Remarkables, several peaks that dominate the skyline from Queenstown. It was a steep climb in the van. In the winter this is a ski resort. But while we were there, there was no snow to be found. Instead, Mats climbed to the top of the hill to get views of the valley below.

      From here, Queenstown sprawled along the river, between the mountains and Lake Wakatipu. In the foreground, Kelvin Heights and the peninsula stand out like a lone hill. Lake Wakatipu itself stretched out in the distance to Glenorchy (where we would go the following day). The views were mesmerizing.

      That evening we returned to Lake Hayes. At dusk, a surprise came out of the bushes. A small hedgehog was wiggeling its way through the grass, hoping to score a tasty snack. When we spotted him, he quickly ran to hide under the van.
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    • Day 49

      The Remarkables

      January 18, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      There are two walks in this area. A walk to Lake Alta and a walk to a lookout. The walk to the lookout looks quite steep so I was deciding to just do the walk to Lake Alta. Even this walk was quite tough in the beginning but got easier after 10-15 minutes.
      The lake is nice and the landscape around as well. I even found some snow.
      I overheard a couple talking about climbing up on a hill on the right side of the lake. On CamperMate it’s also standing, that you can climb up the hill and down on the other side to come to the lookout point. Obviously, a family did it with a 5-year-old and their comment was, that it was not to bad and the little one managed well.
      So I thought I could give it a go, as I am not alone doing it.
      This was not a good idea, really not. Don’t know what this family have for a 5-year-old, I think it must be a goat or so 🙈😬😅
      The climb up was a real challenge, loose stones and it was really steep. Well, we got up somehow and the view from up there was stunning. We had to rest for a few minutes. Then I tried to find the path down on the other side. I never found a path, and it was really not easy to get down that hill.
      I managed luckily and my legs were shaking.
      I followed the track to the lookout and it was so worth it to go all the way. But I would never recommend it to anyone to do it. Never!

      After that, I walked back to my car on the lookout track, didn’t feel for a return track over the hill 😅

      It took me in total more than 3 hours, so I decided it’s was time to drive to Glenorchy where I will stay for two nights.
      For that, I had to pass through Queenstown. I can say, Queenstown is totally crazy. So full and so busy 😳
      I am glad I don’t need to stay in Queenstown next week!

      The road to Glenorchy is so nice to drive. Awesome views along the road all the time. Glenorchy is also more like my style. Small little town, not so overrun and definitely nicer in many ways.
      But the campground is expensive here, not as bad as in Queenstown but still really expensive, everything is supposed to be more expensive in the area around Queenstown I heard.
      I had a calm rest of the day as it was so hot now and I did not feel for any more activity at all.
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