Our plans for this tour
You’ll get a first taste of the scenery on our drive through Lewis Pass. It’s a beautiful drive that offers the chance for us to pull over on the way and see some stunning, natural rock formations from millennia of earthquakes and glacier movement, I’ll fill you in on how it all came to be (you’ll never look at rocks the same way again).
Once the landscape has changed from rocky grasslands to dense rainforest, the car park is not far and we will soon begin our adventure.
Rough Creek has its name for a reason – you will feel like you’re climbing into the sky from the get-go, but if you’re up for the challenge, the rewards are gorgeous views, remote backcountry and Lake Christabel, a protected ecological reserve that brings with it a step back into prehistoric times. There are few places like this left, embrace and learn from it.
After a steep climb, we’ll reach a stunning lookout offering first views of the lake. This is a good spot to have some lunch and prepare for the upcoming descent, which will take up the rest of our afternoon. Once we’ve unpacked our bags, it’s time to explore the shore located nearby. Don’t forget your towel and togs if you’re up for a swim.
We’re in for some fantastic stargazing and a cosy night in a traditional Kiwi hut. We’ll retrace our steps the following day and ensure plenty of stories on the region, nearby tracks and conservation efforts keep us entertained. This one is a goodie.