After mailing the main part of my food (I was not going to need 2 weeks of food for a 5 day hike) the next part of my journey was through the Mavora walkway to Queenstown.
As I try to hitch a ride out of Te Anau, I worry about getting a ride all the way to the trailhead. It’s situated on a gravel road 40 km from the main road. The Kiwi hospitality delivers though, as I get a ride with a couple from Cromwell who drive me the whole way.
If you remember the scene in Lord of the rings when Sam almost drowns (he’s running after Frodo in the boat), that is what the Mavora lakes looks like. Nice smooth gravel waterside with a thick beech forest just on the side.
After spending a night by the Southern Mavora lake I follow the track along the northern lakeshore. It turns out the track is closed for lambing however. Not the whole of it. But the access down to Lake Wakatipu on the other end is closed.
I decide to walk as far as I’m allowed anyway, I miss being among mountains. I also get stuck in a book by Brandon Sanderson and spend an extra day just reading in one of the huts.
On my way back I find a nice hill overlooking the lake. I spend several hours reading there, leaning against my backpack. When some raindrops finally takes my attention away from the book I hurry down to the campsite to pitch my tent.
My last evening is spent entirely inside the tent, as the sky opens up and pours down unimaginable amounts of rain.