During August I was lucky enough to visit Lake Greaney for a second time. The first time was in 2011 and I took only stills. How times have changed. This time I recorded stills, 360 degree panoramas, time-lapse photography and even a little video and sound. Of course the downside of this is trying to carry 30+ kg up the aptly named Thirsty Ridge for four and a half hours. Thanks to friend Tim Mundy who came to the rescue and carried the heavy pack for the last hour. Thanks Tim! I owe you a canvas print. Tim was up there to hunt the tops and managed to get a chamois and have a good look around.
On our last night there, I noticed some colouring in the sky to the south on the back of the camera, and realised there was an aurora event on. Unfortunately I was almost out of battery power and didn’t run the camera for the whole night. Live and learn. In hindsight I could have juggled half-charged batteries for a while. You can see the aurora in the last frames of the video above.
The area we were in, the northern tip of the Haast Range, is a kiwi sanctuary. The Haast Tokoeka Sanctuary covers at least 85% of the area where Haast tokoeka (kiwi) are known to live. There is extensive trapping in the area and it seems to be working. Although we didn’t see any kiwi, possibly wintering in the bush below, we did see rock wren, falcon, kaka, tui and pipit.
Many thanks to DOC for the use of their shelters. It would have been pretty chilly without them!
The Virtual Tour below may be a little squished – make sure you click the full screen button at the bottom.