Rees-Dart

Nyz Zeeland
7 days in January, 2011

A very nice trek in Mount Aspiring national park, not far from Queenstown on the South Island.


Day 1: to Kea Basin

 

From the bus ride

 
 

Wading the river, Mount Earnslaw in the background

 
 

Nice waterfalls below Mount Earnslaw

 
 

The old Earnslaw Hut.

We reached Kea basin and pitched our tent.

 
 
Day 2: Daytrip from Kea Basin
 
 

Woke up with a nice view

 
 

Breakfast at Kea basin

 
 

We walked up the slopes of Mount Earnslaw, until too much snow made the path unsafe.

 
 

 

 
 

The red circle is the location of our tent.
The Rees valley in the background is where we walked the day before.

 
 

Day 3: Kea Basin to Rees Hut

 
 

Preparing for wading again

 
 

Day 4: Rees Hut  to Dart Hut

 
 

The uppermost part of Rees valley

 
 

The upper part of Dart valley

 
 

Lunch

 
 

 

 
 

Glacier with a waterfall

 
 

Day 5: Daytrip to Cascade Saddle

 
 

There were plenty of Keas below the pass,
and some of them came pretty close to us.

 
 

The foot of the Dart Glacier.
It looks like rocks, but it is ice covered by dirt and gravel.

 
 

Dart Glacier

 
 

The amazing view from Cascade Saddle

 
 

Day 6-7

 

During the following two days we walked down the Dart valley,
and camped on two meadows near the river.

 

 

 
 

We were tormented by millions of sandflies at our campsites.

 
 

Anti-sandfly suit

 
 

 

 
 

Speedboat