Our very-70s looking, unconnected Makarora campground
So instead, with a mug of Art's strong French-press coffee, today we pulled out my next book to read, Rowing The Atlantic, by Roz Savage, a management consultant who quit her job to...well, you know from the title. Just finished Medium Raw, by Anthony Bourdain. He burned hot and left like a candle in the wind.
Also maps. Online, yes, but also paper, with a scale you get nowhere else, including Land Rover (metal/gravel) roads.
Road food: raw beets and carrots w salami and cheese
About halfway to Haast, our destination, you can pull into a car park and take a little walk to the blue pools. So we did.
This sign says it all...
Morning light creates a shadow-box photo.
We're truly excited to be on the road to Haast--a beloved place on NZ's wild west coast. It's situated on the edge of Mount Aspiring National Park, the same vast park we walked in Glenorchy. Here are some stats:
Mount Aspiring National Park is a wonderful mixture of remote wilderness, high mountains and beautiful river valleys. It is a walker's paradise and a must for mountaineers...It straddles the southern end of the Southern Alps...and is one of New Zealand's larger parks at 355,543 hectares (ed note: 877,000 acres--compare to Yellowstone at 2.2 million) and it lies alongside the largest, Fiordland National Park.
- New Zealand's third largest national park (355,543 hectares)
- Part of Te Wahipounamu - Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area
- 59 bird species have been recorded (45 native and 14 introduced)
- Over 400 species of moths and butterflies exist
- The three largest of 100 glaciers in the region flank Mount Aspiring itself
- Nearly all the landforms in the park have been formed by intense glaciation
- Location for Isengard - see Lord of the Rings filming locations