2_22 Our Adventure begins...
2_23 Waitomo Walkway and travel to Nat'l Park
2_24 The Infamous "Crossing"
2_25 Nat'l Park to Wellington
2_26 Picton Ferry trip and start of the Queen Charlotte Track...
2_27 Hike to Punga Cove...
2_28 On our way to Christ Church...
3_1 On the road to Te Anau..
3_2 Day 1 Milford Track
3_3 Day 2 Milford Track
3_4 Day 3 Milford Track
3_5 Day 4 Milford Track
3_6 Our Touron Day
3_7 Moturau Hut on Lake Manapouri....Kepler Track
3_8 Back home again in Te Anau...
3_9 Routeburn Track..Howden Hut...
3_10 Howden Hut to Routeburn Flats Hut...the easy way!.
3_11 Relaxing at Routeburn Flats Hut
3_12 Our last night in Queenstown
3_13 Home again...home again jiggity--jog!
|Many years ago
as I viewed a TV special about
hiking in New Zealand...I never dreamt that some day I would actually be
standing on that very same hill looking down at that spectacular stretch of the Hollyford Valley. It's hard to believe that I am home again so soon... the
wonderful 3 week adventure ending much too quickly. It was all so good. Starting with my friend, Anna Marie...the most patient and cheerful traveling companion anyone could ask for... to the
exciting expectations of what lay just ahead, the fantastic weather and scenery, the
on-time transportation, the great accomodations..and last but definitely not least...the wonderful,
interesting and congenial people we met made the whole experience one that
I will treasure as one of the most memorable adventures I have ever enjoyed.
The journal that follows is not a trail guide. In the planning of our trip, I read many on-line journals that did help me get a good idea of what to expect and gave me thorough description of the trails, towns and the entire area. This journal is my own personal diary of our day to day encounters along the highways and byways of New Zealand. Recorded in it are the day to day facts and tidbits that will help me re-live this wonderful journey in future years when I am no longer out on the trail.
Seven Boot-Prints in New Zealand is the wonderful short story in which my hiking partner Ann Marie, a creative writing teacher, recorded her travel thoughts ...Check it out!
....Still in the process of making a list of the best web-sites that I used in planning our trip as I couldn't have done it without the on-line services of the transportation vendors , the hostel directories, the many many sites that offered copious amounts of information and planning tools.
Check back in a few weeks and it may be completed...
Inter-City Bus Lines Online booking and schedules N & S islands drive times