This morning we sat in Colab (Jase Hancox & Will Lascelles film production office) and discussed today’s adventure. We were going to pack some beers into a cool box and head to the Motatapu Gorge, which is on Shania Twain’s land not far from Wanaka. The gorge is a pretty spectacular narrow section of the Mototapu river, a tributary of the Matukituki river near Wanaka. The walls are very steep and the water that runs through them is the most beautiful deep turquoise. The water was pretty chilly but too good to miss out on taking a dip.
I couldn't find much information on the Motatapu Gorge itself on the internet which is pretty unusual, but I did discover that along with neighbouring areas Soho and Glencoe it is privately owned, so I guess this is why it there are not many photos of it online, plus there was nobody else there when we were. However there is some great information on a 4 day walking route in which you can download a pdf here. In recent years these three areas of land have returned to single ownership and the owners have been instrumental in the success of the well know Mototapu outoor sports events by giving once a year access to the stunning and scenic rugged terrain. You can read all about these iconic events and many elite athletes who participate here: http://www.motatapu.org.nz/
The smooth rocks around the pools create a multileveled area perfect for relaxing and the higher ones perfect for jumping into the water. Of course the boys had to compete with who could do the most ridiculous jump.
I put Jase’s wetsuit on then put the underwater housing on the camera and hung out in the water as they dived. It was really quite cold and anything but a quick dip was almost too much to handle. But it was nice in the wetsuit. I didn’t get anything really worth much but it was great to hang out in the water with my camera.
When we left on the drive back across farmland and bush, I got out to take some photos of some lucky chickens who had the best roosting pen on the planet. What a view, and what a place to live. I would have been content living in their house if I was a chicken. The view of Lake Wanaka on the return never stops making me gasp. It's a special place!