Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | February 2, 2011

Routeburn #2

Time is against me to tell more about my love of Kinloch, at the head of Lake Wakatipu, and the Routeburn.

I could wax lyrical about these two places for years given the space and a benefit paypacket of some sort.

To cut a long story short (and if you’re a regular to rivettingkatetaylor or have known me for more than five minutes then you’ve heard it all before so flip to the photo link at the bottom 🙂 ), my great great grandfather settled Kinloch and my grandfather, Harry Bryant, used to run tourists (who would travel from Queenstown on the TSS Earnslaw) up to the Routeburn Valley in open-top buses.

(A friend who visited Kinloch with me when we were 15 facebooked me the other day to say she had seen one of Grandad’s buses on the road -one of them now belongs to his nephew, Neville.)

Neville and Margaret Bryant's website

Forever and unashamedly proud – the best way to describe how I feel about one of Central Otago’s early tourism pioneers (that’s grandad, not Neville lol). And so, I love walking part of the Routeburn any chance I get, which isn’t very often now I live in the wrong island.

Please have a look at my photos from our latest sojourn to the Routeburn, my second favourite place (Kinloch wins), with mother and mother-in-law in tow. We walked up to Routeburn Flats Hut in the afternoon and the next day walked up to Harris Saddle and right back out to the carpark (nine hours). 

Feel free to have a look at the Kinloch photos while you’re there 🙂

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