Monday, February 26, 2007

Milford, and The Hollyford River, NZ

Mitre Peak, Milford Sound

With it being my last week in NZ, Paul and me headed over to Milford Sound and the Hollyford river. What a great place, Milford's amazing walls that form the fjords and waterfalls that dance down them are just unbelievable.
The same goes for the Hollyford river. Running along the Darrin mountain ranges it is a beautiful river. Lots of nice rapids and a couple of mandatory portages in the falls and Marion creek sections that we did. It was pretty low but still had enough to get down. First time I had really taking my new SCUD out for a creek. Good times. Hung out at Gunns camp which would be a great place to stay and hang out for a couple of days.
Good place to get in my last river on this trip.

Paul on the Falls creek section, Hollyford river.

A nice one, Falls creek section, Hollyford river.

Dave in the middle of Marion creek section, Hollyford river. Photo by Paul.
H-Bomb at Gunns camp, take out for the Marion Creek section.
Photos by David Prothero

The Hasst River, NZ

Paul Button and myself spent a few hours on a day off exploring the top of the Hasst river. If you have ever driven over from Queenstown to the west coast you would of passed it. We had been working a few Landsbourough trips this summer and where interested to see this "rock filled ditch". With a day off and kayaks loaded we headed off. We had low water, around 4-5cms and we did paddle a little bit. We were looking at 4kms and ended up at 1.6kms. Took around 2.5hours including the time to hike out. Probably would of been more fun with out the boats. Highlight of the days was launching ourselves off this thirty ft high boulder.

Kayak begone, Hasst river, NZ

Paul Button doing the Leap, notice paddles hanging in mid-air.

Photos by David Prothero