Mo­tat­apu Track - a beau­ti­ful walk

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sec­tion and we did meet two other ki­wis on a day trip to the hut.

We left our packs, and climbed a cou­ple of hours up a rocky trail past snow grass pas­tures, to­wards Jack Hall Sad­dle and High­land Creek Hut.

The views back to­wards lake Wanaka were stun­ning! Huge folded hills for­ever. Loads of little skinks lay sun­ning them­selves on t he rocky trail, and scur­ried away as we ap­proached.

Ha d the weather been bet­ter, we may have gone on to High­land Creek, but high winds and rain were fore­cast, so we made our way back to Fern Burn Hut for the night.

The next day dawned cold but clear. Over night, the toad­stools had tripled in size. We were fas­ci­nated.

As we reached the carpark again, the rain started. Per­fect tim­ing for an in­cred­i­bly beau­ti­ful walk.

It is re­ally easy to get to from Wanaka town­ship. Shut­tles run up the val­ley sev­eral times a day and will drop you off at Fern­burn carpark or you can walk from Wanaka.

Above: Wan­der­ing through a beech for­est. Mid­dle left: Cas­cades in the gorge. Be­low left: Karin ne­go­ti­at­ing a muddy patch. Be­low right: Toad­stools of all shapes and sizes.

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