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Omarama Stream

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  • Day16

    25-12 Omarama

    December 25, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Iemand zei gisteren dat het 22 graden zou worden. Nou, doe maar 38. Ik kreeg er pas last van toen ik de tent aan het opzetten was. Ik heb zelfs even in een stuwmeer gedobberd. Het fietsen ging lekker ondanks beetje wind tegen, was wel lekker voor de afkoeling. Ik vond de route niet zo specta, langs het meer was 1 grote camping. Ik moet een heel stuk over de highway, maar er zijn slechtere dagen dan eerste kerstdag om dat te doen! Hoef ik me ook niet schuldig te voelen dat ik de losse gravel links laat liggen. Het is zo warm dat de schapen bij elkaar in de schaduw gaan staan.
    In Omarama krijg ik mijn eerste "nee we zijn vol". Gelukkig is er ook nog een top 10 en krijg ik 10 gig wifi gratis, dus dat bellen moet lukken vannacht. Het hele dorp is dicht voor kerstmis, maar bar en restaurant van het hotel was open. Daar kon ik alleen een kerst buffet doen voor nzd 65,-. Toch gedaan, je kreeg gratis bubblies, heb ik nog een biertje uit onderhandeld. Erg leuk. Bijna alles geproefd en de conclusie: je mist er niets aan en de christmas pudding van Henning en Monique is ongeveer 20 keer zo lekker. Zelfs de koffie was slap. Ben er wel uitermate goed de avond mee doorgekomen.
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  • Day16

    Queenstown and boats

    February 4, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 7 °C

    Travelled to Queenstown for some tourist time. Very busy beautiful setting. Met a nice Belfast lad who organised Shotover jet ski ride absolutely great fun but got soaked as sitting in outside!! Of course had to get photo, video etc at the end!!. Great Icecream here can recommend Patagonia on the harbour . Headed if as we're aiming for Mt Cook so got past Cromwell and found a camping stop. Just settled down for night when car and security arrived to check us. Didn't open doors but spike through blinds; he was satisfied we were ok as we have a self contained van so can park up anywhere .Forgot to mention sandflies😱😱😱😱😱😱worse than mossies you don't hear them!!!!only thing wrong with NZ😱😱😱Read more

  • Day33


    March 11, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    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 ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    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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  • Day19

    Arrowtown to Omarama

    November 27, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Last day at our Queenstown campsite. The place we’ve been in the longest. 3 whole nights! We stopped off in a place called Arrowtown on our way. It looks like a set from a goldrush film with sweet and charming little buildings (housing posh/wanky shops) We stopped for a coffee then decided to hit the road. Irritatingly we discovered we got a parking ticket for parking in the wrong direction. Slightly annoying but in the grand scheme of driving misdemeanours I’ll take it. Then it was on to Omarama which is on the edge of Mount Cook national park and turned out to be a right little one horse town whose main attraction is a statue of a sheep. We found a pub and had lunch which was utterly ridiculous. We both thought a steak sandwich would be good but neither of us were expecting a massive baguette with not one but two whole steaks in it. It obviously came with chips just in case just got peckish after your meat guzzle. We waddled back to our campsite, slightly drunk and played shitheadRead more

  • Day20

    Mount Cook Hookers and hot tubs

    November 28, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We drove for an hour to get to Mount Cook so that we could do the Hooker valley trail which was a nice and easy trail beside Mount Cook which was being a bit of a twat and hiding behind a cloud. We had a good stride out over 3 swing bridges and fortunately the clouds lifted enough so that we could see the snow capped mountain. It definitely feels different here with huge mountains but large open plains which gives it a more desolate feel. Cheery. After driving back we stopped at the hot tubs which were just down the road from the campsite and I’m so glad we did. We were unable to go to Onsen in Queenstown as they were booked up so wanky insta worthy photos felt like a pipe dream. We had our own hot tub which was filled with crystal clear and clean mountain water which was heated by a wood stove AND we could take our beers in so it may just be the best thing ever. Up yours Onsen!Read more

  • Day25

    Via Twizel nach Omarama

    January 11, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 36 °C

    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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  • Day145

    Hokitika wash out

    February 7, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    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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