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New Zealand Landscape - Matukituki Valley - Wanaka
Explored: Sep 2, 2009 #148

This is another one of my favourite places in the world. The Matukituki Valley, winds its way back from the western bays of Lake Wanaka. Here it follows the braided Matukituki River up the centre of the valley. This leads directly into the heart of Mt Aspiring national park. Tall mountain ranges tower in on all sides, leaving you the insignificant viewer humbled in the centre - I get the impression it would have been a spectacular sight to see the glacier that carved this hillside apart.

There are still a number of glaciers in the area. At the top of the valley you can hang a right, and walk for around two hours in dense bush to the Rob Roy glacier. From a safe vantage point you can watch one of NZs most active glaciers. Literally hanging off the side of the Mount Rob Roy.

Few years back we'd walked the track on a bright springs morning. After finishing lunch (and fending off Kea - the local bird guardians) at the foothills of the glacier, we started wandering back for beers, and steak. Suddenly over my shoulder i heard a peel of thunder. This stopped us dead in our tracks. After listening in awe to another set of 'pings' and groans we bore witness to half the glacier tearing itself apart and cascading down the hillside in a mass avalanche of snow and ice. A few minutes after this soft cloud of ice gently enveloped us as it rolled down the valley, dimming the sunlight.

Thats about as memorable as daying walking gets.

Nikkor 18-70 I D70 I Scattered Sunlight I PP Lightroom.

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  1. nicoletta.silvano 27 months ago | reply

    Great shadows on the mountains!

  2. backpacking_matt 27 months ago | reply

    Love the Matukituki Valley - what a shot.

  3. Rohdrygo 26 months ago | reply

    Your photo is fantastic!
    Good work!
    Rodrigo Ramos.
    Cascata dos Bugres

  4. Terry Urban Photograph 24 months ago | reply

    very nice work well done.

  5. Beachmite 22 months ago | reply

    Awesome view! Congrats on explore!

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  7. BravesTN 17 months ago | reply

    STunning. Love it..

  8. Fargus64 11 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the description - Some people just toss up shots, but I like a little bit of context with it:

    Awesome Capture!
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  9. behaozkan 11 months ago | reply

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  10. FurkanCinar22 10 months ago | reply

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  11. drexnz 4 months ago | reply

    AAAHHHHHhhhhhhhh, so good to see pictures of Central Otago. I miss living there in a big way. Sadly one has to work to stay solvent. It is, I reckon, the best part of NZ' It wouldbe so nice to be rich enough to move back there, and I've only been gone 5 years. Awesome picture mate. Gonna have to print it out and put it on my wall I lived 7 years on the rail trail, (SH85), the best 7 years of my life, but no real work.

  12. tim_at 29 hours ago | reply

    Great country, hope to make it to NZ some day. I like the contrast in this photo, is that due to post processing of some kind or is this a pretty straight ahead photo?

  13. Ben Triscari 21 hours ago | reply

    Perfection. I just love New Zealand the scenery is fantastic.

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