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Jemma  Wildlife and travel photography - Currently travelling through New Zealand✌️

Day 16 - Mavora Lakes

On the way from Te Anau to Queenstown we took a detour and camped for the night at Mavora Lakes. A bit of a drive down gravelly road but the view was definitely worth it.

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Day 15 - Hike into the Abyss

After the Milford Sound boat ride we wanted to really explore the fjordlands and decided to hike to Lake Marian. Since it was raining we expected some cloud but when we got to the lake we were totally engulfed! Although we missed the view, it was a super fun hike up through gnarly roots and boulders. You’ve gotta learn to appreciate the journey in the rainiest part of New Zealand!

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Day 15 - Milford Sound in the Clouds

We ended the Milford cruise a little soggy, but it was well worth it for a closer look at the fjords and waterfalls.
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Day 14-15 - Out of the Kepler and into the Sounds.

After another day of hiking through endless forest, we finished the Kepler and headed towards Milford Sound. Although it's pretty in the sunshine, the rain brings out many more waterfalls, making the scenery quite dramatic and mysterious.
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Day 13 - Lake at the end of the Tunnel

Day 3 of the Kepler was definitely a long one. Although mainly flat, almost the entire track is through the woods. Checking out all the moss and lichen did keep me going for a bit, but by the end of the day the endless forest does get repetitive. Finally we came to Moturau Hut, with a gorgeous view of Lake Manapouri, and had a well deserved swim.
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Day 12 - Cheeky Keas
Coming towards the end of the alpine section on the second day on the Kepler, we came across this curious kea. They are incredibly intelligent and inquisitive, and this one wasn't bothered at all by the camera! Although keas are unfortunately endangered due to nest predation by invasive species, the traps set up by the DOC along the track seem to be having a positive effect on the local bird populations: a great reason to hike the track to support the conservation efforts!
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Day 12 - Mountain Ridges

After skirting along the sides of mountains for the first half of the day, we came out onto a ridge line. The next couple of hours were my favourite part of the hike: trekking high up along the mountain ridges was as exhilarating as it was beautiful.
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Day 12 - Forest Burn Shelter

Our first pitt stop was Forest Burn Shelter, the first of two emergency shelters on the second day of the track. The shelters are a pretty good chance to rest and gauge how far you've come: although the second day is beautiful there's a lot of up and down, which can make it pretty tiring!

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Day 12 - Into the Alpine

Day 2 of the Kepler track starts by climbing higher into the mountains, with spectacular panoramic views to get you through the ascent. Luckily the weather held out, despite the dismal forecast, as this is really the day that makes the long hike all worth it.
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Day 12 - First Light at Luxmore Hut

On our second day on the Kepler Track, we woke up to a light frost and a fresh dusting of snow on the mountain peaks. Finally the clouds had lifted, providing an incredible view of the Southern Alps at sunrise.
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Day 11 - A Change in the Weather ❄️ By the time we finished the long uphill climb, snow had started falling fairly heavily at the higher altitude. Luxmore hut was a welcome sight after the final exposed section of the first day!
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Day 11 - The Kepler Begins

We started out on our 4 day hike on the Kepler Track with a beautiful sunny morning. It was a relief to start with a bit of good weather since we expected it to rain heavily all day. Lake Te Anau looked gorgeous when we broke through the trees on the first flat stretch of the hike.

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