Bushcamp Greenstone Track 2670.7km to Careys Hut 2708.4km
It’s not going to be a good day when I open my eyes to see thousands of sandflies eager for me to exit the tent. I cooked my breakfast inside the tent, not recommended, and packed up everything before lathering myself in insect repellent. Even with repellent on I felt like I was under attack. The little buggers would land on me, be stunned by the repellent and stick to my skin. I really need to toughen up, a lot.
The Greenstone Trail was an easy graded trail that followed the Greenstone river upwards towards the snow capped mountains of the famous Routeburn track. The Te Araroa trail turned off at Greenstone Hut, a large fully serviced hut with weather reports, flushing toilets and hut wardens.
The valleys in this part of the world are wide U shaped valleys carved by long dead glaciers. The mountain ranges all around are tall and snow capped for most of the year.
Upwards the trail went at a gentle grade till it reached the long and wide tussock grass plains. Several huts are spread out along this section of trail which gave me many options on where to stay. I settled on a longer day and hiked on to Careys Hut. 4 others were already inside the 6 person hut. I made my bed on a top bunk, cooked dinner and listened to the stories. Two of the people staying there had all their fishing gear. Before sunset they went fishing on the nearby lake and caught a large trout. Several kilograms in weight. I’ve never seen a trout so big. Wish I took a photo as proof. Apparently, the largest trout in the world are all caught in New Zealand. The world record so I was told was caught from the Te Araroa Trail as it passes Salmon farms on the canals between Lake Tekapo and Twizel. I noticed lots of people fishing there, now I know why.
The floor of the hut was littered with small mice droppings. I hung my food and backpack from the ceiling like I do every night in a hut, nobody else did. At least my food should be fine come the morning.