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Mount Robert

2016-12-03

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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