Greymouth to Lake Brunner

Left Greymouth and drove toward Reefton and then took a left turn up the valley toward Nelson Creek, an old gold mining town and then crossed over to Lake Haupiri and went as far as I could up the Valley without getting eaten by the natives. quite by accident I discovered the site of the Gloriavale Community on the other side of the lake. It really is aa glorious place. I then retraced my steps a bit and cut across to Lake Brunner which was still shrouded in mist when I arrived at 4:30pm, still an all day pea-souper. The shots were taken the next morning

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West Coast Trip

Set off for for the West Coast as I had seen there was five days of good weather coming, which is reasonably rare. Got 5 days of perfect weather too! Travelled around Lake Hawea and stayed at Kidd’s bush Doc Camp for the first night. Next day drove to Haast and stayed at a POP (Park Over Property.) Set off the next morning and drove down to Jackson Bay and back to Haast. Walked out to the mouth of the Haast River the next day.

The following day drove North to Ship Creek and back to Haast. Today I drove to Franz Josef Glacier which is where I am tonight. First Internet/Phone connection for five days!!

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Oteake Conservation Park

Checked out the Homestead Doc Camp in the Oteake Conservation Park north of St Bathans. Quite a long way up a gravel road to the base of the Hawkdun Range. Probably about 250-300 meters higher or more than Ranfurly according to Topomaps, so quite a bit cooler, with ice in the shady bits staying all day even though the sun was shining.

One of those days that makes it all worthwhile.

Brochure and map about the park here: Doc Map

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Above Clyde Dam

Went for a walk, between showers, up into the hills above The Clyde Dam.

Lonely Tree

Looking back toward Clyde

Campsite including yellow trees for those who wanted them

Looking into the Maniototo, holds the record for the lowest temperature in NZ

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