The rain had stopped and the sun was starting to come out. We drove back into Wanaka and ate pies at the lake shore and then followed the road around the side to Hospital Flat where we parked amongst the tourists. We did two easy climbs at the main cliff. Then we crossed the road and a paddock to another wall up on the side of a hill amongst a bit of bush and bracken. We climbed an easy route followed by a more interesting one, made more interesting by the variety of moves and different hand holds.
We ate lunch at the side of Lake Wanaka and later in the afternoon we drove to Kidds Bush stopping along the way to take photos of the expanse of blue water that is Lake Hawea. We set up camp near the side of the lake and went for a short walk.
1) After checking out of our Air BnB we drove to Wanaka and bought some fatty pastries for breakfast. We ate them by the lake shore. This is the view across the lake.
2) We went climbing at Hospital Flat near Wanaka.
3) We did a few easy climbs on both sides of the road.
4) After climbing, in the evening, we drove along the side of Lake Hawea to Kidds Bush where we stopped to camp the night.
5) We pitched the tent on a bank above the lake away from most of the campers. It was very busy but we had a spot that was more secluded.
6) The sun set.
7) We got ready for bed.
We headed North stopping at Charleston to look at the amazing rocks. We were feeling a bit too lazy to try and climb but instead we had a nosey around. Then we continued through Westport and up to Karamea. The Karamea Highway was amazing with big tall trees and a narrow windy road. We ate lunch at a lake near the road under an overcast sky and continued on to the end of the road and the start of the Heaphy Track. Rather than stay the night at the camp site we decided to walk a way into the Heaphy and stay in the first camp site or somewhere along the way. We packed my small yellow tent, the cooker, food and clothes and started walking. It was already reasonably late in the day. After an hour or so we arrived at Scott’s Beach and the first camp site. We decided to find a spot on the beach instead and pitched amongst the sand and sand flies.
1) We stopped in Charleston and watched people climb on the huge rocks. We were feeling too lazy to climb ourselves but had a look around.
2) We ate lunch at this little lake.
3) After driving to the start of the Heaphy Track we decided to tramp in for an hour and see if we could stay the night. We camped on Scotts Beach in the evening. It was nice except for the sandflies.
After not much sleep we got up horribly early and caught the 5:50 am bus to Lillehammer. We spent a few hours there at the lake in the sunshine eating our remaining food and trying to use the rest of the cooker fuel. We took the train to Oslo airport in the afternoon and wheeled our packed bikes on the trolleys provided out to one of the car parks where we pitched the tent in the bushes for the night.
Above left and middle: At the Lillehammer station after packing our bikes into their bags. Above right: Eating something outside Oslo airport.