An overnight stay at Lake Rotoiti, St Arnard New Zealand.
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For my birthday we took the caravan away to Westport on the West Coast of South Island for a weeks holiday.
Our first night was spent at the beautiful Lake Rotoiti, a very deep cold mountain lake that is much used for speed boat racing and other water sports. The Lake is about 115 Km from Picton where we live, and is about halfway between Picton and Westport our ultimate destination.
There is a small town and settlement at the lake called St Arnard, there are 2 or 3 small shops a garare and a big resort hotel, plus there are 2 very different ski feilds, The Rainbow which is the biggest with all the usual ski lifts and groomed slopes and shops and ski school tutors etc during the winter months, you can quite easily drive up a narrow mountain road to this ski feild and Mt Robert which you have to tramp up to, there are some small ski pulls but not a lot.
A cheeky little Bush Robin greeted us, a bird seldom seen as it only lives in the Beech forest of which there is plenty around the lake. Our campsite was number 21 same as my birthday! The birds are all banded as they are carefully managed, trying to breed more of these lovely friendly birds.
The camping ground was completely full by evening, mainly with camper vans. There were many more camper vans both large and small like this one at the camp, all the foreign tourists like camper vans because they can travel at will and stay just anywhere around the country; freedom!
We walked down to the lakes edge and watched the people swimming near the jetty and thought of joining them, but decided against doing so.
I went for a lovely cool bush walk among the ferns and native trees; there are lots of lovely walks some short and some that go right around the lake and take all day,I could hear lots of birds singing but didn't see many. We are so lucky in NZ as we have no dangerous animals in our forests, walking is very safe and peaceful.
A lovely restful start for our week’s holiday