BY JAMIE The Sabine Traverse in the Nelson lakes has been on Lukas to do list since he was in New Zealand in 2015. The famous blue lake is part of it – it is not that overrun yet since the fastest way to get there is a two-day power hike. For new year’s accommodation prices skyrocketed and we decided to head to nature and spend our nights in mountain huts. We didn’t finish the Sabine Traverse for various reasons (read on for details) but we are counting it as a first attempt 😉 Day 1: St. Arnaud to Bushline Hut We stored our valuables in the doc office in St. Arnaud, bought gas and drove our old grumpy car Clint up the mountain. On the highest carpark, you can leave it overnight, great for our purposes. The first day was a short one and we started in the late afternoon. From the carpark, we took the Paddy track. 2,5 hours up the hillside, work pretty views on the Rotoiti lake. The Bushline hut was my first NZ mountain hut and I was very pleasantly surprised. I expected some basic shelter like in Romania and got a pretty little mountain […]
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