There had been much talk on the way down the South Island about the end of the Te Araroa and how it wasn’t great after the Mavora Lakes part. This led to a plan to hire a car and do some of the other walks in the region.
Hiring the car was an interesting process that required a return to Queenstown to pick it up. I’m not all that keen on Queenstown, too many people, too much traffic. Eventually, though, it was done and I was the driver of an underpowered Mazda Demio.
From there I went back to Te Anau and stayed a night beside the lake before journeying to Milford Sound and then up to Gertrude Saddle to camp beside another lake. A night broken by the sound of avalanches, some of them quite large.