New Zealand
Lake Alta

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  • Day90

    Always take the scenic route.

    October 30, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Okay, ich versuche mal zusammenzubekommen, was so in der letzten Zeit passiert ist. Ich hatte absolut keine Lust zu schreiben. Also auf jeden Fall haben wir an einem Tag einen kleinen Spaziergang durch den Wald unternommen, um Glühwürmchen zu sehen. Weil‘s ein bisschen gruselig war, haben wir laut irgendwelche Kinderlieder gesungen.

    Außerdem sind wir zu einem Tunnel gewandert, in dem man durch einen Fluss laufen musste. Auch darin waren einige Glühwürmchen. Oh und ein Gitter am Ende. Also war das ganze Ding eigentlich eine Höhle. Oder sowas. Auf jeden Fall konnten wir nicht durch und mussten wieder durch den Fluss zurücklaufen.

    Und dann kam die mit Abstand schönste Strecke, die wir bis jetzt gefahren sind. Die Westküste runter. Der Ausblick den man während der gesamten Fahrt hat, ist unglaublich. Eine Attraktion für sich. Und das stundenlang. Berge, Flüsse, Seen. Einfach unfassbar.
    Ich überlege gerade welche Stopps erzählenswert sind.. wir waren zum Beispiel an einem Fluss. Das Wasser sah aus wie auf einem Gemälde. Glitzernd Türkis und Glasklar mit einem Wasserfall dahinter. Drumherum konnte man die schneebedeckten Berge sehen.

    Bei Queenstown sind wir einfach mal in ein Skigebiet gefahren. Unten im Ort waren 25Grad und oben auf dem Berg lag auf einmal Schnee. Im Sommer.
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  • Day49

    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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  • Day191

    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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    Oh! A few nights ago we spent the night at the same free spot than you guys. Amazing view of queenstown and the mountains, maybe our best campground until now...




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