Day 09 – Luggate to Nevis Crossing

11:59 pm Motorbike/Motorcycle, New Zealand, Travel

We packed up early in the morning and headed into Wanaka, but the weather was looking bleak.

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Around 11:30am, we headed towards Cromwell, but the rain kept threatening to give us a good wash.

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Cromwell welcomes its visitors with a display of large, colourful fruit. Notice also the yellow flowers on the hills.

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We wandered around Cromwell’s “old town”, and then had lunch at the Victoria Hotel.  Notice the yellow flowers that growing all over the hills.

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We then headed for the Nevis Crossing via the Carricktown track.  This track was quite gnarly in places, especially one the rain caught up with us. We got Peter, an experienced rider with a much lighter bike, to assist by giving Rebecca a ride over some of the really difficult sections.  Our fully loaded bike was just too heavy to up the hills two-up.

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Yes, Victoria found a way to dropping her bike on the rocks after the rain set in.

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We were absolutely soaked when we reached the top (and freezing cold, as we were above 1200 meters altitude for a long time).  We met up with the rest of the gang in the Dodge (who had come up the normal Nevis Road).

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We put up the tents in the rain, only to find that the sun came out 20 minutes later.  It was a very welcome sight, as we were all freezing cold.

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Rebecca and I went swimming in the cold river.  It was very refreshing.

We also had top food – this really wasn’t camping.  It was more like eating in a 5 star hotel!

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For the rest of the afternoon, the weather kept changing.

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It was a quiet, but cold new years eve.  Rebecca and I went to bed long before midnight. While we were warm in our sleeping bags, it was freezing cold outside.  The next morning we saw why – it had snowed on the hills nearby!

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