The "Hump" in this case being the Haast Pass over the Southern Alps, away from the West Coast and into central Otago at Wanaka. We stayed at Pleasant Flat campsite (a Department of Conservation or "DOC" site) where sandflies tried hard to feast on us. We came to realize there must be special breeds of bugs at DOC sites - they always seemed fiercer there. The road is good, and the views inspiring. Amazingly blue pools in the river are a sight on the far side of the pass, before you reach Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. The lakes are stunning.
We had plans to stay at Wanaka for a week, with Ian and Chrissy, but that was some time away yet. So we stayed overnight by the lake, then pressed on south, past the Cadrona Pub, historic Arrowtown, Qeenstown, and Kingston. All except Kingston we would revisit when we returned to stay at Wanaka.
Kingston was the northern terminus of the rail line that operated in conjunction with the lake steamer service on Lake Wakatipu, serving Queenstown and sheep stations all around the lake. The "Kingston Flyer" ran from Invercargill to Kingston for many years. It has been preserved and still operates each summer, but now the track only runs as far as Garston, a scant 20 kM from Kingston.
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