My life in NZ in a nutshell – Part 3 (c): Hello, Milford Track! Day 1!


After carrying my backpack which weighed around 15kg for a total of 4 days and 53.5km, my carrying capability skyrocketed! First two days were sheer hell! I kept adjusting my hip belt and sternum lock to better distribute the backpack load.


The bus which took us from I-site to the wharf at Te Anau Downs (25km from Te Anau).
We were doing stretching exercise before our hike :p


Then, we took a 1¼ hour cruise across the lake to reach Glade Wharf, where the Milford track starts


The navigation system!


The captain, who caused growing tension among my hiking mates…. :p
I will show you why and how later


What we saw during our cruise!




Strong wind! Hold on to your hat tight! 🙂


The deliberate attempt to sabotage my solo shot!

JM eyed on the captain first. Then LY & LW also showed interest. Next, all of them flocked towards him....

JM eyed on the captain first. Then LY & LW also showed interest. Next, all of them flocked towards him….

Fierce rivalry! :p

Fierce rivalry! :p


Didymo control

Milford Track, starts here!

Milford Track, starts here!



After an easy 1km walk but not so easy carrying, we reached the Glade House, the first overnight stop for guided walkers


First suspension bridge of the track


We were the first to stop for lunch! *shy*


After lunch workout


Dore Pass!


2 min before I could put down my backpack!!!


Clinton Hut!


Claiming our beds.


After some rest, we headed out for a short walk to the wetland area


where stunning scenery awaited!


There’s no showering facility in the hut. We thought we could have some dips at the swimming hole but we were deterred by the icy cold water and the omni-present sand flies!


Our DOC ranger for the day, who is 2m tall! He gave a guided walk


This is the aftereffect of……..


Tasting these pepper-like leaves!


Ok, vocab learning time! I’m holding a SPORK, spoon + fork! 🙂


We were the only group asking for photo-session with the ranger :p sua gu!

After the briefing session, I started to cultivate sleeping mood when Sue still went out for her glowworms hunt.

Living in the wilderness, not easy! 😀

Part 1: Rotorua| Part 2a: Goodbye Rotorua! | Part 2b: Hello again, Auckland! | Part 3: Hello, South Island! (a) Queenstown (b) Te Anau (c) Milford Track: preface, day 2, day 3, day 4 | Part 4: zucchini picking | Part 5: last bit of travelling (a) inmate days (b) (c) (d)| Concluding remarks


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