Total km: 280
I woke up at 5:50am after a good night sleep in the hut. At one end of the valley, snow was falling on the peaks. At the other end, sun and blue sky was hugging the peak. I guess that’s NZ for you!
We also got to see a couple of Fallow Deer eating grass about 75m from the hut.
By 7:15am Kaden and I hit the track to Greenstone Carpark - some 4 hours away. We are hoping the Tracknet bus will meet us at 12pm.
Walking with Kaden was great and made the time fly by. We talked about hunting and fly fishing, well he talked about it and I listened.
Despite having our wet weather gear on there was hardly any rain and the valley sheltered us from the forecasted wind. We could see snow gently falling on the peaks but it was quite temperate and sunny in the valley.
It was beautiful weather for tramping.
Once we got to the Greenstone carpark we only had to wait about 30 minutes to get a ride to Glenorchy. Once there, our hikers appetite settled and Kaden and I ate hamburgers, chips, beer, carrot cake and ginger slice.
We arrived in Queenstown at about 4:00pm and I checked into my room and did laundry while in the shower, drying my hiking pants with a hairdryer. Urban survival skills fast developing.
Dan, another NOBO hiker, and I met up and had a beer at a craft beer place. We also bumped into a group of people from Oregon, one of Dan’s home states, so we had a good time comparing Portlandia to the real city. Is it a documentary?