06.03.2009 28 °C
In New Zealand they call it tramping, in Australia bushwalking. It's more or less the same thing; walking in the wildresess. In mountains, or forests, or desert.
But there must be a difference? Some of my readers might wonder; shall I go tramping in New Zealand or bushwalking in Australia? I have calculated the difference, quite accurate I think. It is 5,6 kilos.
But how can I tell the difference in kilos? well, in New Zealand there is a very good system of huts for walkers. That means no need for a tent, or matress. (Bushwalking + 2,6 kilos). And most of your tramping in New Zealand will be in areas where there is enough, or more than enough water (-bushwalking + 3 kilos).
There is a couple of other differences, not possible to measure in kilos. The most dangerous animal in New Zealand (-after humans) is the sandfly. They are small biting insects, that make you itch. Thats all. Australia has the 10 most deadly snakes in the world. That makes the walk a bit more interesting.
As you already have guessed, I have now left New Zealand after 3 months of cycling, tramping, skydiving, and....alot more. After fisishing my north to south cycling trip, I went to Stewart Island. the main reason to go there was to see Kiwis, wich should be easier to spot there than on the mainland. But; the Kiwis wasn't that eager to spot me, so I saw none. But Steart Island was worth a visit anyhow, it has a lot of unspoilt nature and fine tramping. I walked a 2-day track, from Freshwater Landing to Mason Bay.
Then I took a bus to te Anau, since i had been lucky enough to book accomodation on the Milford Track; wich kiwis 9the human kind) think is the most beautiful walk in the world. Comming from a country with many great walks, I had a word or two to say about that. But is was a beautiful walk, great scenery, the Southerland Falls (NZ's highest waterfall), and sunny weather all the way. wich isn't common in Fiordland, the southwest corner of NZ. They have rain 2 of 3 days, up to 12 meeters a year.
To check out if the fiords where as nice as norwegian fiords, I cruised Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound.
Mistical fiords, with the clouds hanging down over the mountains. And the idea about compering nature; well i guess it is not something you give ratings.
My last destination in New Zealand was Christchurch. I was in and around CC about 2 weeks, and went out to the banks Peninsula to do a costal track, and to Kaikora to go swimming with the dolphins.
I also met radu, whom I met trekking in Tangariro National park before x-mas. We went up to a winery north of CC to the main Divide Festival, to see New Zealands best band; Shapeshifter.
And now I am in Australia. After a couple of days in Sydney, I took the train to Katoomba to go bushwalking. 2 days ago my tent was surrounded by wallaby's, small kangaroos. Not very special for the aussies I guess, but very so for a norwegian. I have done the 6 foot track, and walked to Mount Solitarie.
On the 6'track I was alone on the first camp-site (except for the wallaby's). When I arrived on the second, Cox river reserve, it was filled up with 4-weel-drives, teenagers and tents. First I thought it was a bit too much noise for my taste. But it was all forgiven when they offered me bacon-and-egg for breakfast the next morning.
I am sorry about taking so long before giving an update in english. Next english blog-entry will hopefully come earlier than a month from now...