Tramping during a pandemic can be disrupted by lockdowns.
Fortunately, I was left alone on Rakiura after a Level 4 lockdown was instigated when I was already three days around the North West Circuit. I stayed on the island until Level 2 was reached, and that allowed tramping officially once again.
Despite my two recent excursions, the South Coast Track, 12 days, and North West Circuit, 21 days, I am a sucker for more punishment. I don’t believe I’ll find it easy to explore the Monowai area.
I had a look at the DOC stated tramping times, and it looks like it might be gnarly. I have plenty of experience in recent weeks with mud, and also muck-on-a-slope, so hopefully it won’t be excessively hard.
I was thinking ten or so more days, although Rodger Inlet is a cul-de-sac to begin. I’ll be taking a lighter pack there. Only a couple of nights’ food required.
After that, it’s up over a saddle on the way to Green Lake, then it’s all downhill to Monowai Hut.
That itinerary will continue with my overview of Southland tramping.
And yeah, I’d give the Lake Hauroko tracks a look, but at this time of year those nine-hour days are too much. For other reasons, snow and avalanches predominantly, the Dusky Track is unavailable.
I’ll be back for those during summer.
In the meantime, I’m investigating Lake Monowai, and I have no idea what It will be like.