After two weeks in New Zealand and my flooded trip to Byron Bay, it was a long time since the last time I went to the Bondi to Tamarama walk. Yeah I had done ‘the walk’ a few times when I went out running, but, it’s not the same you know. In fact I hadn’t visited Bondi for a long time: Bad weather, everyday rush, trip preparation, etc.
It was one of those warm and clear evenings when I started walking down Bondi Road, and while walking I felt almost ‘at home’, a four months home, felt comfortable, safe… and sad.
I had only seven days remaining in Australia.
A view of Bondi beach
Yep… It’s been a while
– “Excuse me, is this the one to the Blue Mountains?”
– “It is mate!”
So it began my trip to the last attraction I was going to visit in Australia, sadly.
The ‘three sisters’ at Blue Mountains
So, time has passed and it is time to wrap up the New Zealand adventure. (For the record it actually ended on February 2012)
This post is to do a quick review of what’s been going on the blog for more than a year now (First post con Christchurch here), it’s no secret I’ve been delaying this to keep the memory alive, as it could last a bit longer while there was something else to write, but the truth is there’s not much more to say apart from the absolutely great time I had there.
First things first, if you’ve come to the blog before, this is the map of the trip I’ve been writing about. If this is your first time, let me introduce you to the trip I did.
A map of my trip
Rangitata to Christchurch
From Rangitata to Christchurch
Well this is almost it, I thought as I woke up before sunrise. It was time to leave Rangitata and the river, and head back to Christchurch. On our way there we made a coffee-stop at Rakaia, home of a giant salmon statue that must be feeling at home cause it was raining a-lot.
By the way, I don’t know what has these people with giant things: a sheep, the salmon, the big apple, turns out there’s even a list on Wikipedia.
- Mt. Cook to Rangitata
Aöraki / Mt. Cook to Rangitata
It was my last day in the Mt. Cook national park and I wanted to start-up early to try to catch the morning light.
I always love these pictures where you can see the top of the mountains lit by the morning light, with its orange/pink color, while the rest of the valley is still dark. (Something like this).
And because the Mt. Cook valley is open to the South West (map here) I was hoping to have a good chance to take my shot, so I woke up at 6 just to find out that it was foggy, I mean really foggy
Not much to see. Taken from this same spot
So I wasn’t very happy. It was time to pack up everything to go to Rangitata.
This is where we are going
The day after arriving to the Aoraki/ Mt. Cook National Park, and after a very pleasant hike to Hooker Valley, I decided to do another walk, this time a bit harder.
I woke up at 7 am trying to catch some sunrise light, but it was completely overcast, so no morning shots. After sleeping a bit more and taking my time to have a good breakfast the wind started to blow and the clouds cleared fast, the sun was warm and the sky was blue, it was a beautiful day. So among the different hikes and activities I decided to climb to the Mueller Hut.
I arrived to one of the hostels at Mt. Cook village, it was very clean and comfortable, the day was warm and sunny.
Hooker Valley hike.
It was time to put on my boots and start walking.
Hooker Valley hike. 8.5 Km
So I decided to warm up with one of the easy walks there are, this one is called “Hooker Valley“, and as you can see from the map, it takes you to the Hooker Lake. It is marked as a 3 hours return track (about 13 Km. go and back), it is a very easy walk, and it only took me the 3 hours cause I was stopping every 500 meters to take a photo. The views are spectacular.
On the way to Aoraki / Mt. Cook