ROY PEAK SUMMIT – but not the first after all!

According to the motto “hiking instead of cycling”, Paula jumps into her car early in the morning to drive from Queenstown to Wanaka. Her new friend Riccola comes with her because my sister and the backpacker share a car for the next couple of days. From the parking lot in Wanaka, a 6 km long, well-developed hiking trail leads up the Roys Peak. Obviously, my sister wants to reach the summit before the guided groups might block her view.

But no chance of being alone. Several hikers are even earlier than Pala! They even meet three cheerful, young women from Linz. So, they “share” the gigantic distant view over Lake Wanaka and all the way to the Mount Aspiring National Park – and they also share the snack at the summit (a “Gipfeljause”; consisting of apples, cheese crackers, and chocolate).

Paula didn’t see the Roys Peak Gecko, which was only discovered in 1998, because it was too cold. However, she witnessed a very romantic scene: a happy, young wedding couple was taking selfies. Apparently conscious that the beginning of their marriage is starting on the edge of a ravine. I suppose this is in order to enjoy the rest of their lives without stumbling blocks but with luck and in blissful harmony. These two do it the right way!

The ascent and descent take Paula and Riccola no longer than six hours. They master 1249 metres in altitude and thus, they reach their car exhaustedly.



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