We went on the Lakeshore, Forest and Bird guided half-day walk the morning before getting on the plane for the long trip back home. We are so glad we did. Pete was a fun and informative guide; and it was nice to briefly meet Karyn over tea and cookies on the shore of the lake (thanks for sharing the legend about the giant's heartbeat)!
Our group had six individuals from three different countries with varied backgrounds. It was a very pleasant and interesting group; even though we were only together for a few hours. The pace and the number of pauses to look at birds and vegetation were just right. Although it felt and looked like we were out in the wilderness, we were only a short drive from busy Queenstown.
Although the trail is well defined, it can be narrow and rocky/muddy in spots. I was thankful for my hiking boots and for the large walking stick that Pete supplied.
Aside from interesting information about the birds and vegetation, we got a small taste of one of the other available tours (You vs. Wild) in learning what we could safely eat (vs. what would kill us), how to tell what direction we are going when the compass is lost and how to start a fire without matches. For bugs: Red, orange, yellow, forget this fellow. Black, green or brown, wolf it down. I hope I never have to use this new knowledge.
The view from the beach where we enjoyed the provided coffee/tea and cookies was spectacular. Just before leaving the country, we were able to appreciate the reason for the Maori name for New Zealand (Aotearoa - the land of the long white cloud). The spontaneous "stone skipping across the lake" contest that broke out was also fun to watch.
Highly recommended!! Thanks Pete and Karyn!!
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