Friday 17th August.
Stayed the night at Glendhu Bay, a real nice van park, it’s on the way to Mt Aspiring. I’m up at 5.30 am and out doing star trails, the sky is clear with the hint of twighlight and the stars are still in the sky, magic. Very white with frost. We got cleaned up and left at 9.30 am and its 2 deg. We were going to look around Wanaka, but when we got into town we decided to many people lets just get out of here. At lake Hayes the sun was really in the wrong place as it has been many times but we used the ND filters sometimes it helps and other times not. This is our 1st really fine day so we are lapping it up. Travelling over the Haast was so nice, we called into Haast supermarket to get some bits as we are heading for Jackson’s Bay. This is a great road, lovely scenery, no freedom camping, dam. After looking around we came on back to Turnbull to a Family Holiday Park $14 a night. A really nice place to stay. Only a short drive down the Jackson Bay Rd from Haast.
Glendhu Bay, I’m up early before the sun rises and there are still a few stars in the sky.
This is the view from the van park at Glendhu Bay.
Lake Hawea before heading over to the Haast Pass and West Coast. This Lake has so many pretty beach like spots, it’s worth spending a bit of time here.
Wednesday 4th June
Didn’t get to see the Glaciers as the weather is to bad, very low cloud so we are going to push on down the coast, heading to Haast, see what we can see along the way hoping of course that it stops raining. It wasn’t to far and it did stop raining and cloud lifted as the day went on, we can live with overcast not a problem. By the time we got to Ship Creek it wasn’t to bad so we stopped, just love this place, the beach is usually full of drift wood all shapes and size’s. The sea is always rough being on the west. Makes for nice photography.
This is what the area is like, pools of water with perfect reflections, the fauna is native and beautiful.
The trees in the back ground are called kahitkatea native to NZ.
This is how the beach is and I feel this is quiet calm today. From here we carried on down to Haast and the weather is turning again to rain so decided to get as far as we could hoping for Hawea over the Haast Pass. Saw some of the waterfall’s but just not good for photo’s. As we were travelling along through Makaroa it started snowing behind us as you can see in the image below.This old shed is just down from the image above, a wee bit of sunlight coming through. We arrived at Lake Hawea and stayed in the camping ground as we needed power for heating, very cold. The camp ground is ordinary and hot water is scarce but got the washing and drying all done so was grateful for that. A lot of Autumn colours are still around on some trees and laying on the ground, very pretty.