Making sense of my photography hobby in retirement

The End of the Lake

There has been a drama on television in New Zealand recently called “The End of the Lake”.  It has been a collaborative effort by a local production company and the BBC and is centered on Glenorchy, a small township at the western end of Lake Whakatipu.  For those who have visited New Zealand, you will probably know the lake better as the place where Queenstown is situated.

Lake Whakatipu is surrounded by spectacular mountains, and Queenstown is the place known best because as the center of all of the tourist activity in the area. Many however, like to leave the hustle and bustle of Queenstown behind for a while and take the 46 km drive to Glenorchy.  The road follows the eastern shore of the lake, weaving in and out of numerous small bays, and at various viewpoints offers spectacular vistas of mountain scenery in all directions.

End of Lake, Whakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

On the occasion when this image was captured we were driving our eldest son and his wife to the start of the Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand’s designated “Great Walks”.  As we approached Glenorchy it was clear that we were heading into wet weather as the clouds at the end of the lake were low and rain could be seen in the valleys.  By the time we reached the Routeburn Shelter at the start of the track it was raining steadily with very wetting large drops of water falling from the sky, although the light through the clouds was still warm, not the usual oppressive grey.

Little did the two walkers know what they had let themselves in for. On their first day’s walk they had to cross flooded streams and cope with heavy drenching rain.  Not long after arriving at  the Routburn Falls Hut for the first night winds reached gale force and heavy rain was driving down the valley, horizontally! The rain continued for the following days and was still falling lightly when we met them at the Lake Howden Hut, after we walked in from “The Divide” at the end of the track two days later. We had driven back to Queenstown and on to Lake Te Anau for a two night stay, before driving to “the Divide” on the road to Milford Sound. Click on image for a larger view.


10 responses

  1. My husband used to summer with his family in Maine so is immune to cold water. He swam in Lake Whakapitu when we visited New Zealand – I thought he was crazy. He probably was no less wet than your kids were LOL

    May 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    • We swam in Lake Whakatipu on our honeymoon 40+ years ago – only once, never again! I think our lot had had enough of rain by the time they finished the walk. 🙂

      May 15, 2013 at 5:44 pm

  2. That’s such a terrific picture! 😀 It looks pretty much like these sceneries of RPG xd.

    May 15, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    • Thanks Helena. This is a favorite part of NZ for us.

      May 15, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      • I’d live there without any problem if I would understand people there…I definitely can’t understand your accent lol.

        May 16, 2013 at 4:47 am

      • I understand the problem, Unfortunately, that’s a problem all travellers encounter when they are in “foreign” lands. At least its still worth trying, don’t you think? 🙂

        May 16, 2013 at 8:31 am

      • I’d love to visit NZ! It looks really beautiful and diferent :3 too bad it is so far away XD.

        May 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      • The same can be said for the distance to the rest of the world, especially the Northern Hemisphere, from this part of the world. Just takes a decision, and the way of achieving it flows from there.

        May 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      • Well, it depends, if you wanna visit Europe it is quite far away, but if you want to visit USA or Latin American it is pretty close xD.

        May 18, 2013 at 2:37 am

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