Nelson Lakes National Park
After a nice lunch in Nelson a short drive up into the mountains to St. Arnaud. Finally. We’d had this on our list for years now and something always came up. Well, not something, but the weather, to be precise. There was always weeks of rain and storms up in Nelson Lakes NP when we were around. But not this time. Picture perfect weather. Just a little bit of wind, enough to keep the bloody sandflies away most of the time. Couldn’t be better!
We did two nice tracks, the third one fell victim to une petite maladie of the Reisebegleitung.
First from our accommodation, Nelson Lakes Motel, to Whisky Falls. Not too strenunous, a good leg stretcher along the lakeshore. With fantastic lakeviews, the fog rising up in the early morning sunshine.
Then up the St. Arnaud Range via Parachute Rocks, wonderful hike through the forest with lots of birds, bellbird, tui, fantails all around. And beautiful views from the top and the very top. Parachute Rocks is a nice place with a great view for a picnic, but it’s well worth to struggle up the extra meters to the top of the range for some 360 panorama.
Plus Chocolate Brownies from the Alpine Lodge. 🙂
Bonus pictures from the Butterfly Garden at Changi, T3: