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Route Map384 viewsStart from Remarkables carpark, up Shadow Basin, then head veer left off the track that goes to the Shadow Basin lookout onto the start of Queens Drive. A very careful walk across the western side of The Remarkables with a couple of side trips up some minor peaks, then around into Wye Basin and up over Wye Saddle and down past Lake Alta back to the carpark.
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Trip route300 viewsStart from the Bush Creek Trail and head up the Sawpit Gully Walk. Turn left at the saddle towards Hayes Creek and head straight up the ridge.
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Route Map284 viewsThe walk to Shadow Basin Lookout is very easy in summer and takes about 30-45 mins up the access trail to the top of the Shadow Basin chairlift and then there is a rough trail heading to the lookout. The walk down was along the Shadow Basin ridge and back onto the main trail.
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Typical section of Queens Drive269 views
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Vista with Deer Park Heights in mid ground264 views
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Route Map254 viewsStart from Arrowtown, walk up Bush Creek, then up the Sawpit Gully track, before heading up the ridge to Brow Peak (1456m), then along the ridge to come out at the top of Rocky Gully at Coronet Peak.
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Ben Lomond Route Map 245 viewsStart at Fernhill and follow a track up to the south ridge. Once on the ridge, it's an easy walk to the summit of Ben Lomond, with the advantage you are unlikely to come across anyone else walking the same route.

From the summit, follow the usual track down to Ben Lomond Saddle and the track back to One Mile.
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Crown Range Route Topo Map245 views
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Route Map245 viewsStart from Coalpit Saddle and follow the old water race. At the point where the single track joins the water race, keep on the same contour. The water race from this point is a little overgrown in place, but relatively easy to follow up to Racemans Hut. From there its straight up to Mt Salamond and then onto the 4wd track, turning off onto the single track back down to the water race and back to Coalpit Saddle.
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Start of Queens Drive244 views
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Approaching the top of Mt Salmond239 views
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Route Map238 viewsWalk from Remarkables car park up the track to Shadow Basin. Veer up to the ridge that overlooks Lake Alta and continue up the top ridge at around 2150m. Return is down the trail to Homeward Bound and back onto the main trail.
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Racemans Hut235 views
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Route Map234 viewsStarted the walk from Arthurs Point at the entrance to the Moonlight Track. This follows the trail up the Shotover River and Moonlight Creek, before heading uphill just before Seffertown. It's then a gentle but steady climb to Ben Lomond Saddle (1316m), with the option of either climbing Ben Lomond or Bowen Peak. Then it's all downhill to Queenstown. Total ascent is just over 1000m and total descent is about 1200m.
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Heading back down to the water race229 views
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Queens Drive route marked in red224 views
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Start of the walk at Coalpit Saddle222 views
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Two minor side peaks that are worth bagging221 views
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4WD track down the ridge216 views
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View to Queenstown216 views
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Looking over to Ben Cruichan212 views
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View to the south210 views
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The largest of the Wye Tarns209 views
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Western side of Double Cone205 views
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Cairn on Wye Saddle that looks like a real person from the from the distance.205 views
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Route map204 viewsWalk starts at the end of the Macetown road at Anderson's Battery. A single track follows up Rich Burn to Homeward Bound Battery. The track from Homeward Bound to Premier Battery is a little vague in places. Around 250m vertical and a very leisurely round trip time of about 3 hours (including time to explore the historic remains)
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Looking towards Frankton197 views
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Shadow Basin Lookout194 views
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Looking into Wye Valley193 views
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Looking back to Double Cone from near the end of the walk192 views
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Group shot of happy hikers191 views
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Approaching Wye Basin190 views
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Bill Hill Route Description188 viewsFrom the Arrowtown Chinese Village, head up Bush Creek and on to the Sawpit Gully Trail. Veer to the left near German Hill t and follow the old water race that traverses the hill and crosses two remnant Beech gullies. The track comes out onto a saddle where you take a right and climb another 100m to the top of Big Hill.

Head across Big Hill to the east and drop steeply down into a small sheltered valley where Shamrock Mine Cottage is located. Then follow a small track down Hayes Creek where it meets the Arrow River. Cross the river and head up onto the 4wd track and back to Arrowtown.
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Start of the climb and also the start of the Motatapu Track188 views
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Looking back to Macetown187 viewsThe first section of the track heads up the hill.
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Shadow Basin186 views
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Topo Map Route186 viewsStart from Remarkables carpark and head up to Wye Saddle East (unofficial name). Head down to a small tarn just below the ridgeline between Wye and Doolans Valley. Follow the ridgeline keeping mostly to the eastern sides. When approaching the highest peak, traverse over to the gentle sloping hill on the edge of the drop off into the Wye Valley. Head back up the valley and return over the same pass.
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Cecil Peak in background185 views
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Southern end of Lake Wakatipu185 views
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Southern end of Lake Wakatipu181 views
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Cecil Peak on the right and mountains beyond180 views
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Rocky Tor180 views
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Looking South West180 views
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Heading up Shadow Basin179 views
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Queens Drive Route179 viewsStarting from Remarkables carpark, head up Shadow Basin. From the top , head up the track that goes up to the lookout point, and take the left branch This takes you up and over onto the western face of the Remarkables.
From here, there is a goat track that mostly hugs the cliffs until it opens out on a large open rockfall under Single Cone. From here, there is a worthwhile side trip up to a small peak with a large rectangular tor. Then loop back via Wye tarns and over Wye Saddle and back to the carpark.
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Looking towards Frankton177 views
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Wye Basin177 views
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Part of the machinery that mixed mercury with the quartz blanketings177 views
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Heading downstream176 views
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Hut looking up to Vanguard Peak174 views
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Trip Route174 viewsDrive to Macetown, walk to Roses Saddle and back to Macetown. Mountain bike ride back to Arrowtown.
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Looking back to the first peak172 views
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Lower section of Rich Burn172 views
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Shadow Basin171 views
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Anderson's Battery171 views
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Taking in the views from the summit171 views
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Queens Drive Route Topo Map169 viewsSlightly different route to the previous two circuits in that lunch was had at the tarn that feeds into Wye Falls, a small detour to view the Doolans Valley and the exit via the saddle to the east of Wye Saddle (a much more gentle route).
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Mountain Man165 views
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Looking towards Brow Peak and Mt Aspiring165 views
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Follow the leader164 views
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Junction of Rich Burn and Sylvia Creek164 views
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Bottom half of the ridge up to Brow Peak164 views
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Route Map163 viewsStarting from Remarkables carpark, head up Sugar Bowl then up to the top of the Toilet Bowl.
Follow the northern face around to the saddle below Ben Cruachan. Then head down the Doolans River to a set of two tarns.
Then over the ridge into the Wye valley and return via Wye saddle, or the next saddle to the east and back to the carpark.
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Taking a rest half way along Queens Drive162 views
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Route Map162 viewsStart from Remarkables car park and head up the trail to Lake Alta. From the lake straight up to Wye Saddle and then head west up to a small basin then onto the ridgeline that heads up to Single Cone.
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Queens Drive160 views
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Top of the Shadow Basin Chairlift159 views
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The track hugs the cliff158 views
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Gently does it157 views
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Sitting in the cloud on top of Brow Peak155 views
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Queens Drive Highway155 views
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Shadow Basin154 views
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Junction of Rich Burn and Sylvia Creek153 views
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Racemans Hut152 views
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Route Map150 viewsFrom the start of the Motatapu Track at Macetown, we followed the rough track up the ridge line. There wasn't enough time to go all the way to Advance peak, but there is a prominent peak around 1300m that provides a great look out point.
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View from the top150 views
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Ben Lomond150 views
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Arrow River Gorge150 viewsThe Arrow River Irrigation Pipe inlet starts here.
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Route Map150 viewsStart from car park base and follow the marked track to Lake Alta. From Lake Alta, head up the ridge to Wye Saddle and then over the ridge line to the east and back down to the car park. An easy 1.5 hour walk.
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Looking towards Frankton with Lake Wakatipu and Lake Johnson in view.148 views
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Top end of the Motatapu Valley147 views
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Single and Double Cone from Mt Salmond144 views
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Looking west up Lake Wakatipu144 views
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Perfect spot for lunch144 views
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Sign just below the saddle144 views
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Looking across to Sugar Bowl144 views
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Side peak with great shelter behind the tor144 views
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Heading up the ridge to Roses Saddle143 views
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Roses Saddle142 views
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Heading down the ridge to Arrow River142 views
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Yes, it definitely looks like a rock142 views
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Raster Burn140 views
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Looking down to Jacks Point140 views
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Gorge on the Miners Trail139 views
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Heading along the ridge139 views
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Heading up the access track139 views
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Rock fall at the end of Queens Drive139 views
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Views of Arrowtown from Brow Peak as the cloud clears.138 views
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Rock scrambling138 views
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Looking back up to Queens Drive (yes there is a track there somewhere)138 views
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Motatapu Valley137 viewsThe Motatapu track heads up the ridge in the center of the image.
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Around the half way point to Roses Saddle136 views
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Looking up the valley to the source of the Arrow River136 views
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Looking south west from Roses Saddle136 views
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First of many rests136 views
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Remarkables base136 views
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Intersection of Crown Range and Coal Creek Tracks135 views
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Mountains just north of Advance Peak135 views
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Roses Saddle135 views
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Mountains to the north west from Roses Saddle135 views
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Heading down the ridge to Arrow River135 views
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Mountain Goats134 views
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Beautiful tarn in the Doolans Valley134 views
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Rugged Terrain134 views
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Walking the ridge top134 views
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Seffertown134 views
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Looking up Hayes Creek133 views
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Crown Range Route133 viewsStarting from Crown Range road summit, head up the ridge to the trig point on Mt Scott. Then follow the trail along the ridge line until you meet a 4WD track and the rocks on Crown Peak.
The decent is on the 4WD track to Brackens Saddle and back to Glencoe Road on the Miners Trail.
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First section of Queens Drive is one of the steepest133 views
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Steep descent to the Arrow River133 views
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Wye Valley133 views
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Looking out over to Millbrook132 views
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Ridgeline behind Coronet Creek132 views
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Arrow River131 views
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Arrow River130 views
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South Ridge with Cecil and Walter Peak in background130 views
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Start of the Motatapu walking track129 viewsArrow River at Macetown
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Surveying Far Horizons129 views
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Heading up to Ben Lomond Saddle129 views
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Crown Range road summit/start of walk127 views
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Heading up the ridge to Brow Peak127 views
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Interior of the hut125 views
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Motatapu Valley125 viewsLake Wanaka is just visible in the background.
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View from the saddle123 views
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Heading out to our morning tea lookout122 views
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Enjoying the views at morning tea122 views
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Typical section of Queens Drive122 views
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Looking down to the start point121 views
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View south from Mt Salmond120 views
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Crown Range ridge120 views
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Lupins along the Macetown Road120 views
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Crossing Soho Creek120 views
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Heading down the 4wd track to Bracken Saddle119 views
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Nice sheltered rest stop near the top of Mt Salmond118 views
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Single/Double Cone reflections118 views
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Posing on the rock ledge117 views
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View down to Doolans Creek Right Branch116 views
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Top of Shadow Basin at the start of Queens Drive116 views
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Dave trying to look relaxed on the rock edge116 views
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Looking towards Walter Peak116 views
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Perfect spot for a snack116 views
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Mid Section115 views
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Yes, Graeme made it the whole way. Photographic Proof!115 views
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Queens Drive Track114 views
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Lake Alta Reflections114 views
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Fence line114 views
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Looking down the Arrow River114 views
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Following the water race113 views
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Start of the walk113 views
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Forces of nature112 views
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Looking towards Mt Sale and Cardrona112 views
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Crown Peak with Remarkables in background112 views
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Remarkables and Jacks Point from the south ridge112 views
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Climbing southern ridge of Ben Lomond112 views
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Enjoying the view112 views
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Heading into the steeper section of the Doolans Valley111 views
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Great spot for morning tea110 views
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Heading down to Racemans Hut110 views
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Approaching the Wye Valley from the bottom of the boulder field110 views
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Look, I've just spotted Crown Peak!110 views
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Interior of the hut with newspaper lining110 views
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View from the ridge109 viewsArrowtown, Lake Hayes, Crown Terrace and Remarkables all in view.
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Heading up Alta Green109 views
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Looking up Lake Wakatipu from just above the treeline on the south ridge109 views
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Looking up Hayes Creek108 views
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Splash of colour against the grey rocks108 views
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The last steep section108 views
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Mt Scott Trig Point108 views
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Was able to get to about 5m away from this Falcon108 views
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The cloud gave the rocky peaks a mysterious air107 views
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The largest of the Wye Tarns and our lunch spot destination107 views
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Finishing the walk in style107 views
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Largest of the Wye Tarns107 views
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Dip down to a saddle107 views
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Views over the Wakatipu Basin107 views
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Misty shadows of the peaks107 views
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Brow Peak106 viewsView of Brow Peak with speargrass in the foreground.
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Decending through the boulder field106 views
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Wye Tarns and Single/Double Cone106 views
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Moonlight Track106 views
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Near the top of Mt Salmond with Single Cone in the background105 views
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Single/Double Cone from the Lake Alta outlet stream105 views
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Cecil Peak/Lake Wakatipu from Single Cone ridge105 views
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Enjoying the views from Crown Peak105 views
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Enjoying the warm May sun105 views
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Snaking Arrow River105 views
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Lookout with Frankton/Lake Wakatipu in background.104 views
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Shadow Basin104 views
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Top of Wye Falls104 views
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