Dart River Walk

This is real lord of the rings territory. Five of six fords to get there which are generally OK, the last one being the longest but all are compacted “under wheel”. Magic place and brilliant scenery on the trip in past Paradise. Try and pick a sunny morning and the clarity of the views will blow you away. The video shows the track that starts at the DOC camp at Chinaman’s bluff and follows the Dart River. Well worth a look.

Borland Road to Manapouri’s South Arm

The exciting bit of a trip along Borland Road and down into Grebe Valley and South Arm of Lake Manapouri. There is quite a large drop off down into the Grebe Valley that makes one concentrate like never before.

It is an access road to maintain the high voltage power line that services the aluminium smelter at Bluff. It ends at the South Arm of Lake Manapouri where there is a “Doc” camp, one of the most basic types. Lots of sandflies, ie you either need nuclear grade insect repellent or be completely covered.