Capels Trek, Routeburn Trek, Rees-Dart Trek
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||Tour / Mountain:
||Capels, Routeburn, Rees-Dart
||Glenorchy, Capels Trek, Milford Sound, Routeburn Trek,
Rees-Dart Trek, Glenorchy
||self sufficient, tent, huts
Crossing of the dart river, carrying food for 8-10 days
||On of the best trekking trips in NZ
|Travelling with 2 daypacks: From
Queenstown we went directly along a gigantic mountain lake to Glenorchy
(with 925 metres ascents on 45 km anything but level). Glenorchy is
the starting point for a 9-day trekking tour for us. First it should
go during 2 days on the Caples trek. In the 3rd day we want to run
from the Caples trek down to the Divide on Milford street around the
last kilometres from there (presumably about 40 km) to hitchhike to
the famous Milford Sound. The next morning we hitchhiked back to the
Divide and went into the Routeburn during 3 days one of "Great
Walks". Then from the Routeburn trek we want directly further
go in the Rees Dart trek (incl. rivercrossing of the Dart) with 4
days the conclusion of our round tour should form. Because there are
on the way no purchasing possibilities and we must camp on the Routeburn
trek, one says in addition to our things still the whole camping equipment
and cooking equipment as well as all food in our both small backpacks
(30 l of volume) to pack. To believe hardly, however, we have created
it what introduces admiring views in us on every hut once more (most
have full 60 l of backpack for 3-4 days). May be that our backpacks
were rather small, they were not, however, light!!!
|Boardwalk: To protect especially sensitive
areas in the mountains against the trekkers there are in New Zealand
over and over again so-called Boardwalks. Also of the Caples trek
was provided with a some hundred metre-long Boardwalk. There should
be, by the way, some trekking tours where it goes for days nearly
exclusively about Boardwalks.
|Milford Sound: Milford sound is one of
the most famous places of interest of New Zealand and everywhere it
is highly recommended; so the disappointment is virtually already
preprogrammed! Of Milford sound a gigantic fjord is in the really
high mountain which fall directly into the sea . Virtually whenever
high mountains fall directly into the sea are meant this of course
also that the arriving clouds cannot here simply thus continue and
must first of all rain of the water. No miracle if of Milford sound
counts to the rainier areas in rainy New Zealand! Though we were not
disappointed by Milford Sound, however, it was cloudy with partial
some drizzle, and thus the mountain points everybody were covered
in clouds. Nevertheless, in nice weather (which there should also
be here) Milford sound is more great! Except a big boat terminal in
one can book one of the countless boat tours and a lodge there is
in Milford Sound, actually, nothing and thus we decided instead of
to spend the night here to go rather, nevertheless, directly again
to the mountains. We position ourselves again to the street and after
not even 5 minutes the Australian couple goes past again which has
taken us already with to Milford Sound, and picks up and once more.
Then from the Devide we had to run only 1 1/4 hrs uphill, before we
could creep away in our tent.
|Keas: Keas are the only alp parrots of the world and
live exclusively in the mountain world on New Zealands south island.
Although they from the distance work very insignificantly they have
very nice in plumage fluorescent red and green. Keas are shy by no
means and, moreover, interested in all curiosities which they examine
then also straight away with her sharp beak, or better said destroy
it! Because of her habit nearly to destroy everything with their beaks
Keas are called also "ill-behaved" by the New Zealander.
Special specialities on the destruction list of the Keas are: Autowindshield
wiper, window and door rubber in cars, backpacks, bicycle seats and
all other things what either looks interesting oris unattended. On
the way back from Milford Sound we briefly had to wait around by Homer
Tunnel (one-way traffic) when a Kea came flying along. Though only
he found another car more interesting, nevertheless, with a few amusing
noises we woke his attention and already he came along. Only he still
sat (we exactly observant and on any delicacy hoping) beside the car,
however, as it nothing gave he has flown without further ado on the
side mirror to be able to observe the passengers of the car more exactly.
|Routeburn trek: He offers no miracle that
the Routeburn trek belongs to the Great Walks, nevertheless, waterfalls,
mountain lakes, alpines landscape and on nice days some marvellous
views of the south alps and even up to the sea. How one can recognise
easily we had lovely weather!!!!!!!!
|Great Walk: The DOC has called his most
popular travelling tours "Great Walks", and without further
ado has quadrupled the hut prices and forbade to tents equally completely
or limited on certain places. Thus it comes that one must book the
Great walk tours before (in particular Milford sound walk already
months before) around travellers together other with whole hosts through
the mountains to make a pilgrimage. In the evening then everybody
meets on the always fully booked-up huts with their 50 beds. The Great
Walks are seen by many very critical, there here in comparison to
the other tours in New Zealand the hut standard and the upgrade of
the paths to an extremely high level have reached only to attract.even
more tourists However, for all comfort (gas and toilets with flush)
one must also accept that before the huts beside the usually usual
flowers a few gas cylinders and coal bags lie.
|Edelweiss: In the New Zealand alps there
are massively edelweisses.
|Weather forecast and Sandflies warning:
Here nearly all huts have the status "Serviced hut" what
means that they are looked after during the summer months by a hut
warden who makes the necessary repair work on the ways. In addition,
collecting the hut tickets or the control of the hut passs . Another
service by the hut landlord is the daily updated weather forecast,
as well as the warning before special dangers, e.g. from Keas or here
from the dreaded Sandflies! (P.S.: Sandflies transfer no illnesses.
This was meant here only as a joke)
Rees Dart Trek:
|A quiet little place and a river
crossing: The most difficult part of our trekking tour was the
crossing from the Routeburn trek into the Rees Dart trek. For just
42€ we could simply have signed on to us a Shuttelservice for
the 30-km-long distance, however, neither our travel cash nor our
travel style were compatible with it. Instead, we decided to go from
the Routburn trek directly into the Dart trek. Even with optimum course
(we create the quick stated times) and a trouble-free river crossing
a day long 11 hours approached us. The first 5 hours up to the Rockburn
hut were absolutely easy and we arrive here still ahead of our schedule.
At this remote place we dedn´t expect to see anybodx, but as
the hut is situated in the Dart, we hit on a guided Raftingtour with
about 30 participants and 15 boats! So no idyllic rest. However, we
properly had luck, because the team had finished just the lunch break
and thus we got offered from the guides the left-over fancy cake .
We could supply about 10 little pieces of fancy cakes thus to our
scarcely calculated sweets (almost like Christmas). Finally, after
a next hour which we have fought this time without marked way upstream
through the bushes we reach the place to cross the Dart river recommended
by the jet boat drivers (all employees DOC has refused to give us
information over crossing places, because they meant the river would
be too dangerous!) . The Dart formed here, nevertheless, several side
arms and the first arms were absolutely trouble-free. Merely the last
side arm was a little deeper (the water passed us again up to the
hip) and also the current was rather strong (possibly football tallness
stones started to roll away if we hit them), but meanwhile we had
some experience in crossing of rivers, so that also this time everything
ran easily. Now we had to follow only during 3.5 hours a well used
path, until we arrived after 10.5-hour, finally, completely exhausted
shortly after sunset on the Daleys Flat hut. From the supernice hut
warden we have received there even immediately a pot of tea.
|Rees-Dart-Trek: The Rees Dart trek is a
4-day trekking tour along the rivers Rees and Dart with a small pass
crossing. The river valleys are wonderful and one can see almost constant
ones the mountaintops with glaciers. Above all from the Rees pass
one has a miraculous view at the Dart glacier. Also the huts are from
the finest and in particular the Dart hut is still brandnew. Because
we have come from the Routeburn we had to run the trek clockwise and
therefore against the normal stream of hikers. Ordinarily further
badly, however, the end of the trek still does lies 23 km from Glenorcy.
However, from the last hut up to the parking bay in the Muddy Creek
(in which also the shuttle coach holds) these are still scanty 6-hour
term, and thus we want to walked in our last but one day still to
shortly before the Muddy Creek to get the only coach of the day the
next morning about 10:00 o'clock. Then, however, at last it came differently
and thus we have walked on the same day still directly up to the Muddy
Creek (this time we have met 9.5-hrs pure term), nevertheless, on
the way another 2 Norwegians to us have offered us a lift in their
car to Glenorchy. Thus we arrived instead of after planned 9-10 days
(the 10th day was the reserve day) already after 8 wonderful sunny
days (exception few cloudy hours in Milford Sound) again in Glenorchy.
We have spent the night then on the camping site, nevertheless, the
idea of a warm shower was too tempting.
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