Glenorchy, Queenstown, Te Anau, Invercargill, Alexandra, Mount Cook.
Highlight: Yellow-eyed penguins, scorchio on Christmas Day, New Year in a puddle, mountain walks.
Day 349 – Dec 19 : Lake Sylvan
We got up early since the sun was hitting the tent with force and the hungry sandflies were waiting greedily for us.
We did the two hour walk through the forest to pretty Lake Sylvan and followed the old mining tramway back to the campsite.
Driving back from Routeburn track and Glenorchy is hard work, keeping your eyes on the road and where you are driving is nearly impossible when you have the beautiful distractions of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding snow capped mountains.
We stocked up in Queenstown and headed to Te Anau. We had heard that the road to Milford Sound was closed because of a rock slide and they were wondering what to do with an especially big rock laying just above the road. But, by the number of tour buses coming from Te Anau towards us it was clearly business as usual in Milford.
We headed to the free DoC campground around six kilometres south of Te Anau, according to the DoC camp book, but when we got there …