After a long stretch of focusing primarily on my research and other work at university, followed by a lovely getaway to the States for a few weeks, I’m now back in Christchurch and trying to jump back into the tramping and camping lifestyle full force! This weekend I had a nice trip to the Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve, where we camped at Marble Hill campground and hiked the Lake Daniell track. Below: the frosty drive.
The Lake Daniell track was a 17km round trip, relatively easy hike, and had a lovely spot at the end to break for lunch.
Above and below: views along the hike.
Below: the lake (and final destination)
We had great weather for the hike, and then headed to Maruia Springs for a dip in the natural hot springs before camping in below freezing temps! After dealing with some rain and a dead car battery the next morning, we decided to just take it easy on the way back, pausing for scenic pictures and swinging through Hanmer for coffee.
And the best Mocha I’ve had in ages (or perhaps just the sweet relief of a hot, decadent beverage):