2015/07 August Bulletin

posted 3 Aug 2015, 15:24 by Wakatipu Walker

Lake Rere  June 14 

Eight of us left from one mile in two cars feeling good at the prospect of a fine day for our tramp. There had been a threat of rain during the week before, so we considered ourselves fortunate that the weather had come right. The high rainfall that we have experienced since early Autumn showed with the evidence of recent flooding on the road between the Dart Bridge and Kinlock and also in the stream draining Lake Rere. There were a few muddy patches and a small slip to negotiate but the track was generally in good condition and easy to follow. We made good progress to the lake, stopping briefly to take in the views over Elfin Bay. At our lunch spot at the head of the lake, the sun made a welcome appearance and Vicky was pleased she had brought her sunglasses. There was a solid layer of snow on the tops that looked particularly cold but it was well above the 4600 elevation of the lake. Prit enjoyed the many photo opportunities that the tramp provided and we were all the subject of his discerning eye at some stage.  After a coffee in Glenorchy, we were back in Queenstown comfortably before dark. 

Party members:  Jude, Pip, Peter DLM, Lindsay, Prit, Vicki & Bruce, Paul (scribe).
Photos: Paul(above)   Peter(below)

Mid Winter Cycle/Dinner     Saturday 20th June 

To celebrate mid-winter this year we decided to cycle from Arrowtown to the Gibbston tavern for lunch, and return. Those of you frightened off by the recent rough weather and snowfall missed out on a thoroughly enjoyable day out. On the day there was a minimal frost, the snow had melted without the track turning to slush, and the weather was perfect with sun and no wind.

Three of us set out from the Chinese Village at 10am, rugged up like the Michelin man, and were joined by two others at points down the track. In the sun from the Arrow Junction bridge, the cycling was exhilarating, especially on the downhill bits to the bungy bridge. From here to Gibbston tavern the track has been updated – much smoother and safer (but still good). We arrived at the tavern just before noon and settled in to await the non-cyclist members of the party.

We almost had the tavern to ourselves, and everyone enjoyed hearty hot meals and drinks in front of the fire. Thankyou to Gibbston Tavern for providing a cosy atmosphere and good food.

Soon it was time to start the return journey to try and get back before the sun disappeared. Five became six for part of the trip as far as the Edgar bridge, then Paul headed back to his van at Gibbston, while the rest of us cycled back up the Arrow in conditions that were milder than the morning. We arrived back at the Chinese Village at 3:30pm.

Thanks to Judy for organising the day and getting the weather so good.

Party: Judy, Hudson, Peter B, Vicky, Pip, Jude, Paul, Lois, Peter DLM (scribe)


Night trip to Routeburn Flats Hut 24-26 July   


We started walking from Routeburn Carpark at 9.30pm on a lovely frosty, crispy ,starry winters night.... There were no other cars in the carpark so that was a great thing in our favour.

We were at Routeburn Hut about 11.30pm..and the frost outside as stunning.

We had a leisurely start next morning...left the hut about 10.30am and headed up the North Branch. Weather was threatening a little once we had climbed over the shoulder of bush and beyond the tarn..so after a quick chat we decided to head back to the hut for lunch.. Lunch was yummy, Prit had some of his wife's homemade Roti. The aroma of them alone was divine.

After lunch we headed up the hill to Routeburn Falls as Prit had never been there. Weather was actually lovely up there.

Back down to Flats Hut for a second night and again had the hut to ourselves. We had the fire going nicely and was cosy. We played Monopoly Deal card game..involved lots wheeling and dealing..full of laughter..

Sunday morning was drizzling and had rained heavily overnight..so we headed straight out to Glenorchy for brunch....a great way to end a great weekend...

Keen night time trampers: Peter DLM, Lindsay, Prit, Rex and Pip (leader and scribe)

9:30pm at start of track  Photo: Lindsay
Photos above and below: Pip