Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Gertrude Saddle and Lake Marian

Inspired by the fine weather, we headed up to the Gertrude Saddle to take in the fine views of the Darran Mountains and Milford Sound. The route was well signposted with orange arrows first and then cairns up to the saddle. There was even a cable to help walkers climb on the steep-ish rock slabs. We didn't need to use it, as the friction on the dry rock was enough.

Jen and St John were tempted to continue and attempt the summit of Barrier Knob. However, Andy managed to persuade them that they should visit Lake Marian instead. The winning argument – by doing the lake today, we could go back to Te Anau and not spend an extra night at our sandfly infested campsite at Lake Gunn.

In Te Anau, we're staying at the Lakeview Holiday Park, owned by Howard's sister Jill (we met Howard and Sue in Nepal). It's very luxurious with excellent facilities – and virtually no sandflies!!!

Read our Milford Sound posting.


Anonymous said...

Hi guys
looks like you are having an awesome time! The photos look amazing. Meanwhile, I'm in bl***y Zurich where it's still winter doing a press event :(
Keeping the postings coming and remember to enjoy yourselves - as if you wouldn't!