NZ South Island: Wanaka and Mount Aspiring

Some months have passed since I have published the last part of my travel report about my trip to New Zealand’s South Island. I have to apologize for the delay.

After my hike on the Routeburn and Caples Tracks, I drove to Wanaka. I had a few days to explore the area before I would return to Fiordland where I had arranged transportation for the Dusky Track.

What do a lot of photographers think of, when they hear the name Wanaka? You are right: The famous tree in the lake.

"The" Wanaka Tree
“The” Wanaka Tree

As I was already there, I also wanted to capture my version of this scene. I camped at the Wanaka campsite and Continue reading NZ South Island: Wanaka and Mount Aspiring

Summer vs. Winter in the Swedish Mountains

Awakening
Summer Scene
Frozen Visttasvággi
The same scene in winter

In March I was on my first winter trip in the mountains of Swedish Lapland. I had done several long hikes in the area in the short nordic summer and wanted to see what it was like in winter. It was a great experience and everything looked so different. I got to some locations I had also visited in summer some years ago. Thus, I want to share some photos taken at roughly the same locations to give you an impression.

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NZ South Island: Lake Wakatipu, Routeburn and Caples Tracks

After my hike on the Kepler Track, I had scheduled a hike on Routeburn Track, another Great Walk. As usual, pre-booked accommodation is required, preventing spontaneous trips or adaptation to the weather conditions. My recommendation, as mentioned before, is opting for camping: you’re more flexible, campsites are less crowded than huts and a lot cheaper.

Morning view of Lake Mackenzie
Morning view of Lake Mackenzie

The Routeburn Track starts to the north of Glenorchy which is reachable from Queenstown via the road along Lake Wakatipu. Many hikers book transport back from the track’s endpoint. Continue reading NZ South Island: Lake Wakatipu, Routeburn and Caples Tracks

NZ South Island: Milford Road and Kepler Track

After the Catlins Coast my next destination was Fiordland, located in the south-west of the South Island. This region comprises New Zealand’s largest national park with lush, untouched rain forests, steep mountain ranges and, of course, the fiords themselves cut out of the mountains by glaciers a time long ago.

Waterfall on Kepler Track
Waterfall on Kepler Track

My visit to Fiordland first covered the Milford Road leading to the main tourist attraction on the south island: Milford Sound. Thereafter I hiked the Kepler, Routeburn and Caples Tracks, the latter two starting from Glenorchy not far from Queenstown. Later – after a detour to the Wanaka area – I hiked the Dusky Track, that I will cover in a dedicated post. Continue reading NZ South Island: Milford Road and Kepler Track

Beautiful sceneries on and especially off the beaten path.