Days 340-343 Into the Southern Alps - Part 1

November 20, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Finally it was time to get a close look at the Southern Alps. Going West from Christchurch you eventually pass two bridges over the Rakaia Gorge. A short walk gives you a good view over that area.

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The first mountain to climb was Mt. Somers. Here a view back the way we came:

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Going up the Miners Track you eventuall reach - no surprise - a mine:

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On the way back to the main road I tried to chase down a rabbit for dinner but he was just too quick:

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We put up our tent for the night at Lake Clearwater, a beautiful location but in Spring it has still morning frost...brrrrr... But the view in the morning lets you almost forget the cold:

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A closer look at the mountains:

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Just 15km more into the mountains waits another famous LOTR attraction: Edoras, previously known as Mt. Sunday. It's not really a mount though, just a hill in a valley, but the surrounding mountains are quite impressive.

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View from the top:

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