Paddles and picnics in an enchanting place

There are two beautiful lakes in Nelson Lakes National Park at the northern tip of the Southern Alps – an enchanting alpine park of rugged peaks, forests and glacial lakes. Lake Rotoroa (large waters)  is larger than Lake Rotoiti (small waters).

After several months of procrastinating, we loaded a pair of double kayaks onto the car, packed a picnic and headed off to Lake Rotoiti, 40 minutes drive from Korimako Lodge. We were so glad we did! It was a perfect autumn day, the sun was shining and the lake was still and calm.

Hats, glasses and sunscreen were the order of the day and amazingly there were no sandflies. Once we left West Bay, we had the lake to ourselves so we took our time and headed for Whisky Falls, stopping for lunch at a little bay on the way.

We sat in the sun and Pauline even had a swim – the water was very refreshing apparently. The Lake was crystal clear and like a mirror – absolutely beautiful. We pulled in to Whisky Falls and walked up through lovely bush to the waterfall . The air was full of the sweetness of honeydew, a source of high-energy food for many native birds, lizards and insects.

We swapped the crews around to give Steve some practice steering and headed back to West Bay.  We made some friends on the way – a pair of mallards who really seemed to enjoy our company and followed us for quite some way – and no we didn’t feed them!

So we loaded the kayaks back onto the car and headed back home.

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