Our first day began with a quiet walk through a forest along the lake, and turned into a gradual path up the mountain. Honestly, tramping uphill is not my favorite, and I struggled with it (especially with my heavy pack), but I was able to take small rest breaks, and we eventually made it up above the brushline. Our efforts were rewarded with spectacular views of Lake Te Anau and the surrounding mountains! We soon made it to Luxmore Hut (which we had to ourselves for the night), where we quickly dropped off our packs and then went to check out the Luxmore Caves nearby. That night, we made a delicious meal of pasta and lentils, and pulled mattresses into the main room to sleep by the fire. It was quite cozy.
|the forest trail|
|view from the trail above the brushline|
|Luxmore Hut - our home for the first night|
|Luxmore Caves - it was pitch black inside, and we had to climb over and around the stream and many rock formations inside!|
|Mt Luxmore summit (1472 m)|
|our snowy trail through the clouds|
|our descent back down into the snowy forest|
|the waterfall by Iris Burn Hut|
|our buddy Oscar, a friendly bird who helped us eat lunch on the trail one day|
|the lakefront by Moturau Hut|
So this concludes the first half of my Spring Break. I still have a lot to tell, but I'll save that for a later post!