New Zealand - January 2009

All images © David Noble. No image can be used for any purpose without permission.

Party - Chuin Nee Ooi, John Robens, Rob Hynes, Dave Noble

We completed two walks on the South Island -

Young - Wilkin - East Matukituki Valleys via Gillespie and Rabbit Passes
(9 days) - from 5 - 13 Jan 2009

Caples - Greenstone Circuit (6 days) - from 15 - 20 Jan 2009

A special thanks to Chuin Nee for all her work dehydrating food and organising the evening meals and doing all the cooking of the evening meals - which were all most delicious! And also thanks to John and Rob for their patience when Chuin Nee and myself were photo-pfaffing (which happened a lot). And also thanks to DOC for some great tracks and huts.

Photographic note - on these trips - I went lightweight with the photo gear - only taking a small (and waterproof) Pentax W60 which was on a cord around my neck while I was walking (and sitting in a top pocket) and also, in my pack, I had a small Fujifilm 100fd - which I used for more composed photos. Both cameras had the same zoom range (28 - 140 mm equivalent) - but the Fuji was better in low light and probably in other conditions too. I did miss the flexibility of an SLR - and maybe next time I would take one (or a compact with more manual options). Anyway - look at the photos and see what you think. All photos are hand held (with the exception of a few on the last day of the second walk - where the camera was sitting on a bridge railing)

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