Tramping (hiking) in Twizel
Trip Start Sep 16, 2012
79Trip End Mar 08, 2013
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Our home for the next 2 nights was a wooden chalet and by the time we checked in I was in a right state! For the first time since we've been away I was suffering with hay fever. We headed straight to the supermarket to get some antihistamines to stop me scratching my eyes out. Lots of the plants here are similar to the ones at home so I suppose it makes sense but I can't remember the last time I was that bad
The next morning we woke up to torrential rain that lasted all day. There wasn't much we could do as Twizels tiny. We ventured back to Lake Pukaki to see the difference the bad weather made to the view. It was immense. The water was still bright but the mountains in the background had completely disappeared. It made us even more grateful for the good weather the day before! We sat in the car park of our neighbouring motel to use their wifi and caught an episode of the new series of Top Gear so that gave us a taste of home.
Our last morning was freezing - 7 degrees when we left at 9am! It had been so cold over night there was snow on the hills and on the mountains. It's meant to be summer! At least I understand now why there's electric blankets on all the beds and heating instead of air conditioning in all our rooms so far. Its a bit of a shock to us though after getting used to 30 degree plus heat in Oz.
We drove to Mount Cook national park through the stunning southern alps, alongside Lake Pukaki. As we arrived we noticed a sign showing the severity of the avalanche danger instead of fire danger like there is elsewhere! Im glad it was low! Although it was still really cold (9 degrees at 10am) we headed out on the hooker valley track. It's the most popular walk in the area but quite long so we thought we would just do the start of it as we had to move onto Oamaru
New Zealand has to be the most beautiful place I have ever been to. Even when I'm standing in front of all this scenery it's hard to believe its real. I really need some new adjectives to describe it as I don't think any of the ones I know come close to doing it justice.
The only disappointment was that we didn't get a clear night as Lake Tekapo is one of the top places in the world for stargazing. Still we can't really complain as we have heard stories of people in the past waiting 10 days to be able to see what we did!