Milford Sound to Lake Manapouri

Trip Start Jan 22, 2013
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Trip End Mar 18, 2013


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Flag of New Zealand  , Southland,
Friday, February 8, 2013

So today we had breakfast in the RV (campervan) and headed back up over the pass we came in on. The tunnel we went thru was started in about 1934 and took 20 yrs to open it up.  I think Karen said it's about 1300 meters long.  They shut it down every night.

We decided to go on the Key Summit hike the people we met last night told us about.  It’s about a 2 mile hike but the elevation gain was about 1600 ft.  Part of this hike is on the famous Routeburn Track that leads from here to Lake Wakatipu, where Queenstown is. 

So we did change our plans and headed to the Possum Lodge at Lake Manapouri for tonight.  The drive back to Te Anau was thru the Eglington Valley which is surrounded by tall mountains, a nice river flowing thru it,tall  golden grass, and views to die for

We’ve been gone for just over 2 weeks.  Seems like 2 months as we’ve been pretty busy and on the move daily.  Many breathtaking sights. Right now it’s 6 pm and I’m sitting out in the lawn chair in a small gravel cul de sac that is our campground tonight.  There are only 5 campers and everyone is sitting out getting ready for dinner.  Karen’s in the lounge on the free wi-fi.  I’m heading for a well-deserved shower after 2 days of not.  Oh well.  It’s the same for Karen.

By the way, for all of you who have been commenting on the blog, thanks.  It’s good to hear that you’re following our latest adventure and appreciate the bit of effort it does take to do this.  When we did our 2003 trip to Europe I did an email update that was all words, not photos.  As I get more accustomed to the writing it feels like I’m painting you all a picture of a part of the world most people never will get to.

I could really bore you and talk about the plants and trees we’re seeing, but I’m sure that would be too much.  Suffice it to say, things are very different here.  Today we hiked thru beech forests, ferns, moss, and high altitude scrub.
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Janine on

Thanks very much for drawing those pictures, Stu.
Not boring at all and I enjoy every stroke of it!

Keep it up!

Please say hi to Karen too.

David Schooler on

Spectacular trip. Glad you're taking the time to share it with us.

Marilyn Robinson on

Thanks for taking me on your adventure...I feel like I am there...what a beautiful
country New Zealand is and I hope we can visit some day.
What is the weather like? What is the price of food and gas like?

Marilyn R.

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