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

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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.

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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

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

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The navigation system!

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

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What we saw during our cruise!

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Strong wind! Hold on to your hat tight! 🙂

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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

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Didymo control

Milford Track, starts here!

Milford Track, starts here!

 

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

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First suspension bridge of the track

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

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After lunch workout

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Dore Pass!

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

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Clinton Hut!

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Claiming our beds.

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

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where stunning scenery awaited!

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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!

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

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This is the aftereffect of……..

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Tasting these pepper-like leaves!

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

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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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