Escape from the snow!
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19th September 2014
We woke up to the sound of heavy rain, it rained all night without stopping. At 8am there was a bang on our door, the hotel staff explained that the road was closing at 9am and may not open for a few days. If we didn’t want to chance being stuck there we had to leave straight away. Due to the heavy rain and the weather reports indicated it wasn’t clearing we decided to go. It was an adventurous trip with heavy rain at first then snow.
The snow got heavier as we got to the tunnel. We were stopped at the tunnel with a few other cars then told to all go together behind a snow plough to get down the mountain.
We arrived at Te Anau at about 11:30 sorted out our hotel and tours then looked around the small town! We took a small walk around the lake then went on a glow worm tour. This was quite good with a boat ride to the caves then an interesting walk through the caves over a number of water falls. It ended with a boat ride at the back of the cave to the glow worms.
Once back in Te Anau we saw a film in the Fiordland national park, a beautiful vision of the area from helicopters over mountains and down the rivers. Finished the day with dinner at a Chinese restaurant.
20th September 2014
After breakfast we started a walk on the Kepler Track. We first started on one end that took us to hiking huts at Lake Manapouri, it was about a 13km round trip that took about 3 hours. The walk took us through very lush and green ferns and moss. It followed a river to the lake where the huts were. After we returned we had lunch then walked another section of the track, this was about 12 km return which followed Lake Anau . We returned to town and had pasta for dinner!