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10/30   Right is Left
10/31   Omeru Scenic Reserve
11/01   Omamari Beach
11/02   Waipoua Forest
11/03   Mail Boxes and a Magic Orange
11/04   Cape Reinga
11/05   Ninety Mile Beach
11/06   Haruru Falls
11/07   Russell Forest
11/08   Bus and Ferry
11/09   Thames
11/11   Castle Rock
11/12   Hot Water Beach
11/13   Owharoa Falls
11/14   Thompson's Track
11/15   Rotorua
11/17   Rotorua Rain
11/18   Haku Falls
11/19   Pureora Forest Park
11/20   Waitomo Glowworm Caves
11/21   Marokopa
11/22   New Plymouth
11/25   Pukeiti Rain Forest
11/26   Boring Highway 3
11/27   Boring Highway 1
11/29   Switching Gears
11/30   Hitchhikie
12/01   Abel Tasman National Park
12/02   Rawhiti Cave
12/03   Mount Robert
12/04   Glaciers
12/05   Mount Aspiring
12/06   Milford Sound
12/07   Stirling Point
12/08   The Catlins
12/09   Tunnel Beach
12/10   Sandfly Beach
12/11   Mount Cook
12/12   Cave Stream
12/14   Long Day Home
Kayak Trip 2017

Mount Robert


tl;dr: I hiked around Mount Robert and visited Hokitika Gorge.

I took my time leaving the hostel, and then I drove up to the Mount Robert carpark and hiked the 10 kilometer loop. It was okay. Look, pictures.

I also visited Hokitika Gorge.

There are many bicycle tourists here. They are tougher than I am. At one point I was ahead of several cars and passed a bicycle. I pulled all the way over into the other lane to give the cyclist lots of room. None of the following cars did. This is one of the reasons I'm no longer cycling this country. Kiwis can't drive.

I was thinking about camping at the Ianthe Camping Area, but when I arrived there were already a bunch of cars there. There may have been room, but I didn't want to deal with it. I backtracked a few kilometers and found a metal (gravel) road leading into the forest. That branched into a rarely used, but gentle jeep road. That ended, and I had a good place to camp.

Lake Rotoiti emptying into Buller River

Lake Rotoiti

forest trail

hiking into the clouds

a resting hut

I didn't actually go this way.

follow the markers

I added a rock to this pile.

Kea Hut

Bushline Hit

one of many long, one-way bridges

bicycle tourist

Hokitika Gorge

Hokitika Gorge

The sand flies are so thick here I can actually photograph them. They bite.

another one-lane bridge

camping at the end of a jeep road

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