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Sunday, November 10, 2013

NZ: Hiking in Wanaka

Dear blog, here’s A.S long delayed trip report back in Wanaka, NZ.
It may be short and hopefully, it is sweet, too.

Jan 22nd, 2012
2nd day in Wanaka
  • Met new friends over breakfast at the hostel and joined them for a hike at Mount Aspiring National Park
  • The objective was to get a closer look at the glacier.
  • It wasn’t a pleasant ride to get to the starting point of the National Park.
  • Imagine a bumpy ride for 10 km maneuvering narrow stony unpaved road but the landscape and encounter with deers and sheep was superb.
  • Followed the track but glacier didn’t seem to get any closer after 1 hour’s walk.
  • View was however picturesque and there were sheep grazing on the slopes.
  • Some streams crossing required without any bridges.

Jan 23rd, 2012
3rd day in Wanaka
  • Met a friend again who stayed at the same hostel in Hokitika a week earlier.
  • Joined him to Mount Ithmus overlooking Lake Hawea.
  • Awesome hike, awesome solitary getaway, awesome landscape. If you wonder about the sound, pure  “…..”.  Blissful, absolutely blissful.
  • So peaceful that A.S and mate stole a nap for 30 minutes.
  • That evening, A.S and mate separated and A.S continued her journey to yet another spectacular city, Queenstown.

Next up...
The touristy town - Queenstown

On the 16km bumpy ride...
Finally arriived

Let's go

We're not alone

Perfect spot for a bite

and a snap

Liking the colours

A different set of colours
The glacier, our unaccomplished mission

--- The end of Mount Aspiring National Park ---

---The beginning of hike at Mount Ithmus ---

OUCH. nah, not painful but tedious job.

Ignore them first.

Here and there

Mate busy sharing his photos.
Simply lovely

Mission accomplished

*A.S's current location*
Day/ Date: Sun/ Nov 10th, 2013

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