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White Horse Hill

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  • Feb3

    Mueller Hut Track I

    February 3 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    The Mueller Hut is an overnight hut in the Mount Cook area. We decided to do the track as a one day hike and it took us just under 6 hours. The first half of the track goes up to the Sealy Tarns viewpoint. This part of the track was rather difficult as it only consisted of steep stairs (round about 2000 steps). After a nice break enjoying the view we headed up the second half of the Mueller Hut track. This part of the track was quite steep as well but more fun. When we first arrived at the ridge line we were in awe with the stunning views.Read more

  • Day34

    Sealy Tarns Viewpoint

    January 3, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    This was for sure the craziest decision today. 🙈😂

    I can say, after this one I had no energy left anymore😅😂

    The start was nice and easy over a nice track than I had to turn left and the track started to slowly go up the hill. At that point, I still didn’t realize which „hill“ I was supposed to walk up 🙈
    I met a German couple and they said: Have fun and good luck! And I was asking then it is going to really tough to walk the track. And the woman just said: No not at all, it’s only 600m high different and a little bit over 2000 steps!! So don’t worry, it’s going easy, or not 😂😂

    Ups, that’s gonna be interesting 🙈
    Well as I was on my way already I said, I give it a try, I can always turn around. But to be honest, I still didn’t really realize, what I was going to do.

    I noticed it shortly after when the steps started. From now on, it was like this all the way up to the lookout of Sealy Tarn! 😳

    I can’t describe how it was, small steps, big steps, steep ones, really steep once. After a while I hated steps... And the longer it took me the worst it got.
    I don’t know how many times I had to Stopp, it was many, many times. Many people were passing me, but I didn’t care. I just wanted to do it, no matter how long it’s going to take.
    The higher up I got the view over the area was getting better and better. It keeps you going, for a while.
    After over 1 hour I got to so exhausted that I was really thinking that I can’t make it and wanted to give up. But the people that came down and passed me at that point were pushing and motivating me to keep on going and told me, that it’s not so far anymore and that I can do it!
    I was too exhausted to thank them for that, I really needed that to get me up to the lookout! And, as always, it was so worth it to go all the way up!
    Still perfect weather and an incredible view!
    Well, the wind was really cold, not surprising as I was quite closed no to the glaciers and up on 1250m!

    I stayed only 10 min up there to relax and eat something.
    I could keep on going for another 400m up to the Mueller Hut but I was too tired for that and I also saw, that the clouds were starting to really push over the mountains and I didn’t want to get stuck somewhere up here in bad weather.
    So I started to walk down. Also not so easy and a really tough job for the legs.
    I was back in my car after 2 hours and 40 minutes. I couldn’t believe it. It took me 1 hour and 35 min to walk up! It felt like 5 hours 🙈😂

    My legs were shaking when I stopped beside my car and I was so tired, that I didn’t want to move anymore at all.
    Not even one hour after I came back to my car, the wind was freshening up and it got really, really nasty outside. It got really cold and the clouds were getting more and more and darker.
    So my decision to go back to the car was definitely the right one!

    I spent the rest of the evening with a girl from Germany talking about our experiences here in New Zealand.
    There was no way to cook something outside on the gas cooker, so dinner was a cucumber salad, a cooked egg I still had and some pieces of bread.
    I went to bed around 10 pm, much later then expected but we talked so long and much. She wants to get up at 2.30 in the night to watch the stars, so I said, I will try as well to get up and watch them with her, as they are supposed to be so beautiful out here. Good that the weather got better again after 9 pm and the clouds were starting to disappear again.

    To make it short, I was not standing up, it got so cold overnight here, freezing cold and I could not find enough motivation to get out of my bed 🙈
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  • Day112

    Sealy Point

    December 23, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    2077 Stufen später sind wir oben angekommen. 1382 Meter hoch sind wir nun. Mehr als anstrengend aber das Bier und der Ausblick sind der Wahnsinn. Hat sich also definitiv gelohnt. 3h Weg in 2 Geschafft wie richtige Männer!Read more

  • Day18

    2077 Stufen später... Sealy Tarns

    December 23, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    ...endlich auf 1328 m angekommen (Start knapp 800 m) in 1h 15min
    ...erstmal ein kühles Blondes zur Belohnung

  • Day38

    Speed hike to Kea Point (Mount Cook)

    March 5, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Time to say goodbye to Queenstown and once again getting up early after a not really good sleep. At 7:20 am the bus to Mount Cook and afterwards continuing to Christchurch left Queenstown. I really do not know how many hours I have spent in busses and vans by now😄 Once more I had a bus driver, Tom, who gave a lot of interesting information on the trip, but he was not talking as much as Paulie😂 We had a first refreshment break at a fruit and vegetable store by the road with a beautiful garden and nice sculptures. Furthermore Tom made a photo stop on a beautiful pass. The landscape almost on the entire trip was amazing again. When we arrived at Lake Pukaki Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain, came into our view. Tom said we were pretty lucky with the good view. After a photo stop at Lake Pukaki we continued to the Mount Cook village. Most of the passengers had booked lunch in the Hermitage Hotel, but I wanted to have at least some time in the nature. What I did not know before was, that I would only have about 100 minutes. There was a sign to kea point (viewpoint on Mount Cook) which would take one hour one way. I decided to do it anyway being pretty confident to be able to do it much faster. The track was not difficult, but pretty nice. After about 35 minutes I arrived at kea point. The view on Mount Cook was gorgeous. I had hoped to see keas here (the name of the track was very promising, too), but once again no keas. It probably was the last chance for me to see them. Well, I am a bit sad about it, but on the other hand this just means, that I have to come back to New Zealand😊After about 85 minutes I arrived back at the Hermitage Hotel (some 6km - it was a speed hike😁). After Mount Cook, we had a photostop at Lake Tekapo and a refreshment break in Geraldine. At about 8:00 pm, I arrived in Christchurch. I am excited about tomorrow. There is going to happen something special. Stay curious😉Read more

  • Day55

    Mueller Hut - Der Rückweg

    February 19, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Was wir gestern rauf gelaufen sind, mussten wir heute wieder runter. In umgekehrter Reihenfolge: erst die spaßigen Felsen und dann die endlosen Stufen. Dieses Mal waren wir vorbereitet! Wir haben sie gezählt und es sind: (Trommelwirbel) 2023 an der Zahl.

    Glücklich und zufrieden sind wir zurück. Duschen, frische Klamotten und einen Burger zur Belohnung!

    Am Abend gab's aufgrund des wolkenfreien Nachthimmels kostenlos Sterne obendrauf.
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  • Day114

    NZ South - Mt. Cook Kea Point

    November 5, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Nachdem wir gegen Mittag wieder vom Hooker Lake am Ausgangspunkt aller Wanderwege angelangt waren, hatten wir noch ein wenig Luft und entschlossen uns auch noch den Kea Aussichtspunkt mitzunehmen.

    Auch wenn der Name es vermuten lässt haben wir keinen Kea gesehen, dafür aber eine tolle Aussicht auf den Mt. Cook genossen.
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