Hanmer – April 22 – 25 2016

Report by Rod Walker

We all arrived Friday night in Hanmer to explore the region over the next 3 days.  This was my first trip away with the club and I was a bit unsure of what to do but I was welcomed with open arms.

In the morning Carl had organised to take photos of the sunrise.  The weather changed and we went instead to Queen Mary Hospital and the surrounding grounds.  Thanks to Diana I managed to set up my camera to take better images than I had anticipated.  A quick cup of coffee at Fire and Ice and we were on our way to Jollies Pass Road to see and photograph the trees in all their autumn splendour.

The following day there were 4 4WD vehicles heading off to Lake Guyon.  We went through the Maling Pass, into the Waiau River area.  On our way we saw beautiful views of the Spencer Mountains.  It took us a good part of the day to get to Lake Guyon.  We had lunch there and then carried on to Stanley Vale Hut where we met the character that resided there with his horse.  We took photographs of the poplar trees in their autumn colours and  the surrounding mountains.

It was a slow trip back out to Hanmer and we arrived after dark.   We all had a great meal and evening at the Heritage Hotel.

The next morning we cleaned up our accommodation and some of the group went back across the pass to Acheron River.   We photographed the trees and the homestead there.

Thanks to everyone who made me feel welcome.  I look forward to future trips.

Thanks to Carl for organising a great weekend and thanks as well to Andrew from St James Journeys for providing us access to Lake Guyon.

Hanmer Gallery on flickr