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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
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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 Aspiring


tl;dr: I did some hiking around "Mount Aspiring".

There must be an actual "Mount Aspiring" here, but whatever. That is what the area is called. It takes an hour of driving to get there from Wanaka.

I hiked up to Aspiring Hut, which is in a valley. It wasn't super exciting. So on the return I branched off and hiked up to Rob Roy Glacier. It was kind of neat.

Realizing I could make it to the Kiwi Birdlife Park in Queenstown before it closed at 5 PM I hiked out very fast and drove very fast back to Wanaka and on to Queenstown. Along the way I spotted Anna getting out of a van. She was at one of the hostels I stayed at all the way north of Auckland. I stopped and said hi.

In Wanaka two girls were hitchhiking to Queenstown with another guy also hitchhiking farther on. I assumed the two girls had arrived first, but it turns out they had broken hitchhiker protocol. When hitching, if you arrive at a pickup point second, you move farther downstream of traffic so the person there first gets picked up first. The girls wanted to fit all three of them in my car, but they had ridiculously big suitcases, so they let the guy, Jessie, get in and waited. I'm sure they didn't have to wait long.

Jessie is from Florida and had been working in Wanaka for five months. He was on his way to the Queenstown airport to meet his parents who were flying in. Jessie is now my seventh hitchhiker.

In Queenstown I found Kiwi Birdlife Park, but there were people everywhere and parking was hard to find and when I did find parking there was a guy walking around giving out tickets, and I didn't know how long I could park for, so I got stressed out and just left.

I drove an hour and turned down a gravel road hoping to find a camping spot. The road turned very rough, and I decided I should probably leave, but then I had a flat tire. Awesome. After removing it, I tried pumping it up with a bicycle pump, but it clearly had a puncture. Knowing any mechanics in the area would be closed at 5 PM, I just put on the spare and set up camp right there, because I didn't want to drive too far with the spare on.

heading to Mount Aspiring

There are a lot of penned deer here.

metal road to Mount Aspiring

hearding a few bulls on the way to Mount Aspiring

My rental car company would not approve.


West Matukituki River

we need latches like this back home

a series of waterfalls

These kids told me the water here was warmer than where they were swimming up the mountain.

Aspiring Hut


trail to Rob Roy Glacier

tourists at Rob Roy Glacier

Rob Roy Glacier

There are a lot of bridges like this here.

On the way to Queenstown looks like California.

The mountains block rain from getting here.

I wonder if this is a Queenstown official?

more penned deer

I'm going to get a flat tire on this road!

See! I got a flat tire.

good enough place to camp

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