Wanaka to Queenstown
Remaining Distance: 405.19km
Distance Covered: 2894.81km
Total Traverse Hiking Days: 130
Graeme and I enjoyed the hike through the Motatapu Valley from Wanaka to Queenstown and our knees knew all about it afterwards. What a workout! This section of hike took four days.
We hiked alongside Lake Wanaka for 15km before arriving at Glendhu Bay camp ground where we stopped for lunch. What a beautiful area! I think we both would like to have stayed on for longer but we needed to make it to Fern Burn Hut which was still another few hours away. We would have bought lunch here but the small store only sold snacks. Graeme bought us each an ice cream before we set off again. We arrived at Fern Burn Hut just before dark and Graeme got straight on with cooking us dinner. I really enjoyed having the night off from the pots and pans. Thanks Graeme!
Steep up, steep down and hardly a level bit of track to be seen. This second day was a long one and at the end of it we staggered into Roses Hut. Actually before we staggered into the hut we collapsed on the wooden decking just outside the hut door. After picking myself up I served us both Backcountry Cuisine for dinner. Nice ‘n easy. No thinking required. Delicious! We enjoyed each of the three huts we passed on this track. They were all built within the last few years so it was great to have a break from the rodent population that inhabit the older huts. It was a luxury not having to safeguard the food before going to bed each night.
From Roses Hut it was up and over Roses Saddle and from there we could see right down the river we were to cross many times. Before reaching Macetown we took a long lunch break where there was a deep pool of clear water within the stream we had been walking down. Graeme took a refreshing swim there while I dug straight into lunch.
The trees at Macetown had their incredible autumn colours showing. This would have been a great spot to camp but it was still early in the day so we pushed onto Arrowtown where we checked into the New Orleans Hotel. From Arrowtown it was a leisurely hike onto Queenstown with water views along the Frankton Track.