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Omarama

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  • Day33

    Omarama

    March 11, 2017 in New Zealand

    Headed inland up the valley stopping off at the aptly named 'Elephant Rocks' although other animals can be seen too we thought. James seemed to hitch a ride on the back of a whale. They were formed by earthquakes many years ago and cover quite a large area. They would make for great climbing in the dry. There were also a couple of ancient Moari drawings in caves to see. There were so many more places that we saw today that have been named by Scottish people that emigrated here. Todays favourites had to be Aviemore and Peebles!Read more

  • Day148

    Mountain hike and Lindis Pass

    February 10, 2017 in New Zealand

    This morning we got up quite early and left the campsite after making a nice cup of tea and watching some sort of bike race roll through. Not sure how serious it was as most of the competitors seemed more keen to just chat with their fellow riders as loudly as possible.

    We headed back to the musical robot toilets in town...who doesn't want to listen to a nice tune in the bathroom...and then set off for the Diamond Lake Track. We decided on this track over the Mt Iron one after reading some reviews. We got a bit lost on route and ended up on an awful gravel track, but soon corrected ourselves and eventually made it through more mountainous scenery to the car park. After taking a lot longer than probably necessary to pack our bags (more my fault than Robs) we set off uo the mountain.

    The first part of the walk was a fairly gradual but quite steep gravel track that led up to the lake. After no more than about 10 steps I was already warning Rob that all the walking over the past two days may have been a bit too much too soon as I already felt worn out. Seemed pathetic to say so but I felt exhausted. We carried in though, can't give up that quickly, and we eventually got to a path that was flat and bordered the Lake. There were some gorgeous sounding warblers in the trees darting about and you could make out the Lake through the branches. I think being flat this also gave me chance to get a bit more energy back and when the decision cane we followed the signs away from the easy lakeside loop and to the Rocky Mountain Trek that headed to the viewpoint or the summit. We soon found ourselves heading up steps (yay!) so so many steps, up and up and up. Every corner revealed yet more and I was again questioning why u was doing this. I had to stop a couple of times and we let a couple of people over take us before we got to the first viewpoint. It was an OK view of the lake below but not spectacular.
    We carried on up a slightly sloping path now that ran along the mountainside. There was tussocks and grasses blowing in the wind and it had a beautiful golden colour in the sun. Not being stairs this once again allowed me to somewhat recover, though only slightly, when we reached the next fork in the road a huge part of me did not believe I could continue uo any further. I rather fancied the short and flatter walk to the view point, but we had chosen to climb to the top and the view was looking more and more amazing the higher we got, so we continued.
    We chose the East route and began to ascend the rest of the way to the top. It turns out this half of the walk was just one long and very steep walk/clamber to the top. Lots of precariously narrow and loose mud switchbacks and plenty of steep natural steps which were massively testing my tired legs. We stopped a few times on this route, personally I felt like crying several times but Rob kept me going, as did my decision to just pretend it didn't hurt (strangely powerful mind tool). We also saw other people exactly the same so it made me feel a bit better too. The worst thing was that every steep climb to the top of that section just revealed yet another one behind it, the view that were wanted to see was just always another little climb away. We did get a stunning view from the side we were climbing though and that definitely made the climb a little easier. A beautiful view of the lake and mountains and even a white sand river that looked like it belonged in the carries with turquoise water.
    Eventually we could see the summit...a Swedish couple we kept seeing in the way up were waving for us to get up there and the view that revealed itself on the other side would have taken my breath away had I had anybto spare. This side was much more rugged mountain scenery with deep golden and brown grasses against rocky summits and ridges that still held the snow at the top. A 360 degree view of amazingness!
    We chatted a bit to the Swedish couple about the horrendous climb up and then sat and enjoyed the view and recovered a while
    Then was the walk back down. We chose the west route this time. It started lovely and gently and we thought we had been hard done by, but eventually we were clinging to branches to lower ourselves down large scree and mud slopes and steps that just seemed to drop down the side, so I think we chose the better route.
    We made it back in 3.5 hours so for a 3hr return route I think we did good! I could barely stand however without my legs quivering away!
    Time for lunch to refuel and then a drive towards Mt Cook.

    The drive took us almost 1000m as we drove over the Lindis Pass, a route through more golden and grassy mountains that seemed very very barren. It was a beautiful drive once again but not quite as dramatic as some of the rocky mountains we had left behind. The best views were towards the end when the landscape opened out into a vast plain bordered by mountains in the distance.
    We stopped in Omarama to camp for the night which is where we are now, about to sleep to recover for an early start to Mt Cook tomorrow.
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  • Day237

    Clay Cliffs

    May 30 in New Zealand

    Die Clay Cliffs waren, wie auch St. Bathans ein Geheimtipp meines guten Freundes Chad aus Queenstown. Die Clay Cliffs befinden sich im Nirgendwo in der Naehe von Lake Tekapo auf dem Weg nach Wanaka. Ein Schotterweg fuehrt zu den geheimnisvollen Felsen, die an ein Maerchen erinnern. Auf jeden Fall auch ein "Muss" fuer jeden, der sich in diese Umgebung genauer anschauen moechte.

  • Day25

    Via Twizel nach Omarama

    January 11, 2017 in New Zealand

    Also das mit dem zweiten Ruhetag hat nicht geklappt. Irgendwie wollte ich doch weiter und so habe ich nach dem Frühstück meine Sachen gepackt und bin losgefahren. Es ging über eine Schotterstrasse durch eine Menschenleere Gegend zum Lake Pukaki. Auch dieser See ist wahnsinnig schön und die Aussicht auf den Mount Cook war spektakulär.
    Am Nachmittag habe ich 3 Velofahrer aus Deutschland getroffen. Wir sind dann gemeinsam nach Twizel gefahren und haben uns dort im Hostel ein 4er Zimmer genommen. Am Abend gab es Burger und Bier, was seeeehr lecker war. Moritz macht auch eine Tour durch Neuseeland, die anderen 2 wandern eigentlich, und hatten sich nur für den Tag ein Velo gemietet. Er und ich haben eine sehr ähnliche Route geplant und werden die kommenden Tage zusammen fahren!
    Heute Morgen trennten sich unsere Wege und Moritz und ich fuhren eine lockere Etappe nach Omarama. Morgen werden wir den Lindis Pass in Angriff nehmen und versuchen in 2 Tagen nach Wanaka zu kommen, um dort einen Ruhetag einzulegen.
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  • Day163

    Frühstücken, Hot Tubes und Auto

    March 6 in New Zealand

    Heute haben wir einen entspannten Tag eingelegt. Über Nacht ist Südwind hier in Wanaka aufgezogen und es war bitterkalt. Wir beschlossen Wanaka mit einem leckeren Frühstück ausklingen zu lassen. Es gab klassisch deftiges Frühstück mit Rührei, Würstel, Bacon usw. War sehr lecker, wobei ich wohl nie wirklich ein Freund von fettigem Frühstück werde.
    Anschließend fuhren wir zu unserem nächsten Ziel, dem Mt. Cook Nationalpark. Da es unterwegs jedoch wieder heftig das Schütten anfing, entschieden wir uns spontan einen Stopp bei den Omarama Hot Tubes einzulegen. Dort bekamen wir überraschenderweise eine eigene kleine Hütte mit Hot Tube im Freien und eigener privater Sauna. Das war der Wahnsinn. Die Hot Tube bestand aus einem Holzfass und mittels Holzscheiten konnte das Wasser beliebig nachgeheizt werden. Dort verweilten wir ein paar Stündchen und genossen die Wärme.
    Anschließend ging es weiter zum nächsten Campingplatz mitten in den Bergen um den Mt. Cook. Da es aber immer noch regnete ließen wir alle Fotostops auf dem Weg aus und hoben die uns für den Rückweg auf.
    Abends war es bitterkalt, ca. 8 Grad, und auch nachts haben wir ganz schön geschlottert.
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  • Day145

    Hokitika wash out

    February 7, 2017 in New Zealand

    Oh my word...the rain! All night long it was absolutely relentless and it meant neither of us got the best sleep. Fortunately it followed the forecast and cleared up by the afternoon.
    After spending the rainy morning planning and doing some life admin we headed for the Hokitika Gorge some half an hour away. We were told it wouldn't look so great today due to the rain, the usual brilliant blue would probably be brown, but we just wanted something to do.
    Unfortunately on the drive there I started to get some odd pains in my chest and the all too familiar sensations led to me having an anxiety attack once we arrived. The lack of phone signal and distance from any hospital didn't do much to help and so despite being only a 4min walk from the gorge, we headed back to some civilisation.
    Fortunately, it would seem it was indigestion of some sort and a few hours later I was pain free and much more relaxed. We had by thus point however rescheduled our heli hike of the Glacier the following morning, just in case. We would have to just go back in ourselves in a few days time.

    That evening we went to the movie theatre which like many cinemas here is independent and makes it feel more if an occasion. This one was housed in the old town theatre and was very quaint indeed, the smell from the bakery during the film made us sad too that it was all for tomorrow.
    The film we saw was LaLa Land and we both really enjoyed it, even Rob! A really nice feel good movie we thought, a perfect way to end the day :)
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  • Day28

    AA Roadservice

    November 6, 2016 in New Zealand

    Nach dem Lake Tekapo sind wir zum Lake Pukaki auf einen Campingplatz gefahren, der super toll war. Direkt an einem kleinen See und mit Blick auf die Berge (das hat man hier zwar so gut wie überall auf der Südinsel, aber das war wirklich schön 😂). Abends ist der Himmel von Sekunde zu Sekunde schöner geworden und war richtig rot. Das hat anscheinend bedeutet, dass uns nichts Gutes bevorsteht 🙈

    Bevor wir schlafen gehen wollten, wollten wir das Auto umparken, um morgens Sonne zu haben. Wie gewöhnlich haben wir uns in das Auto reingesetzt und wollten losfahren... ging aber nicht. Stille. Wir wussten nicht an was es liegen könnte, da wir keine Lichter oder sonstiges angelassen haben.
    Verzweifelt haben wir auf dem Campingplatz nach Hilfe gesucht. Ein Chinese und ein Belgier haben uns versucht zu helfen, aber sie wussten auch nicht woran es liegen könnte.
    Also habe ich bei der AA (ADAC in Neuseeland) angerufen, die gesagt haben, dass am Morgen um 8 Uhr jemand vorbeikommt und versucht, das Auto zum Laufen zu bringen. Wenn nicht, werden wir abgeschleppt 👌 Jeden Tag eine neue Herausforderung 🙆

    Punkt 8 Uhr morgens stand ein mega cooler Typ mit seinem Geländewagen da. Er hat nur einmal versucht, das Auto anzumachen und meinte sofort, es sei die Batterie... Nachdem er sie aufgeladen hatte, sagte er, dass meine Batterie von 2011 ist und es da schon mal sein kann, dass das Auto nicht mehr so gut anspringt. Wieder was gelernt. Zum Glück war das ganze kostenlos für mich, da ich eine Mitgliedschaft bei der AA abgeschlossen habe, als ich das Auto gekauft habe. Super Start in den Tag, hoffentlich passiert uns das nicht noch einmal.
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