Blog 15. March 19/20. Lake Hawes to Lake Madison
Mon 2 Apr 2018 07:29
Driver 1 looking for Blue Pools
Not sure where the Blue Pools were meant to be, we just saw swirling muddy water and grey skies, possibly because of the overnight and continuing rain.
We also did a lovely walk to the Haast Pass lookout, where we could see nothing but the waterfalls, which were impressive:
We stopped at the Haast Information Centre, well worth it, particularly as it was raining hard by then and saw photographs of the early settlers, wearing their hats, boots and rain coats, with an entertaining caption about how much it rained. We also learned about the wildlife on the West coast in the area. After a night by Lake Paringa, we back tracked to Knight’s Point lookout, but no elephant seals or whales to be seen and it is the wrong time of year for any of the penguins.
The Dune walk from St Knight’s Lookout.
After another lovely rain forest walk in the rain from Lake Moeraki, we drove to Lake Matheson, where it is all about the view of Mount Cook, which of course, does not happen with low cloud. The walk round the lake is lovely anyway and we did see some of these quite rare toadstools.
Blue toadstool, very small but very striking.
We also had some beautiful views on the way round and...
...Miraculously, Mount Cook appeared briefly in the clouds as we arrive back at the cafe.
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