Motatapu Track - a beautiful walk
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.