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!
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! #NZroadtrip #Kea #Bird #Kepler #KeplerTrack #Fjordlands #NZ #NewZealand #hiking #wildlife #conservation #photography
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!
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.