Day 104: Camp Stream Hut to Lake Takepo

Distance today: 39.2km

Distance total: 2697.1km

Time hiked: 12h 40min

Time total: 820h 43min


Once again, the weather forecast is way off and there is not a single rain drop... The whole day... 


I don't mind and follow Camp Stream for a few kilometer before the track steeply climbs away to a plateau. Superb views of Lake Tekapo and the easy track make the 13-kilometer long Richmond Trail one of the most enjoyable hikes so far.

The track eventually leads down to a gravel road, which follows the lake all the way to Tekapo. I enjoy a long lunch break at one of the many inviting shingle banks along the lake before continuing to Lake Tekapo, a crowded tourist village. 

While grabbing some food in a 4-Square, I meet another NOBO (we stick out like a sore thumb). Don't take me long to recognize his Swiss accent. Nice to meet a fellow Swiss hiking the trail as well. But it's obviously not his first long distance hike, as hiked more than 5000 kilometer last year before even starting TA a month ago.

With our backpacks we are blocking one of the stores narrow aisles and thus keep our chat short. Time is flying and it's already 7:30. I continue west to the holiday park and am quite lucky to find an empty spot in the campground's overflow area. I squeeze my tent between two tents. My neighbors are super friendly and invite me to join their BBQ. Doesn't take me long to accept ;)

The two Kiwis and the British guy seem to be favourably impressed by the hike. We have a great time and keep on talking, eating and drinking until the stars come out. That's when they try to explain me, where to find the Southern Cross. Somehow have the impression, they have no clue where it is ;)

After two surprisingly tasty, but probably super unhealthy S'Mores for dessert, I call it a day. It's close to midnight and I'm just not used to stay up that late anymore.


View from the Richmond Track
View from the Richmond Track
Evil Spaniard
Evil Spaniard
Lovely colors
Lovely colors
Nice view from the overflow area
Nice view from the overflow area

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