A storm gave me the opportunity to extend my stay for a few more days at my backpackers on Stewart Island.
Various choices for where to go on my return to the South Island presented themselves to occupy a week or so as I slowly returned to Nelson.
Lake Monowai was a clear winner.
Why not continue investigation of the trails of Southland?
Lake Monowai is within Fiordland National Park, and had some fine opportunities for a week in the backcountry.
Some may see dealing with a cul-de-sac, actually two, to Rodger Inlet Hut, and Monowai Hut as some sort of issue, but I seldom have any problem with backtracking.
From the Borland Bivvy along the gravel road back to my car might potentially be a pain, but I could always hitch.
The day before I embarked on this tramp I was holed up in Tuatapere watching heavy rainfall much of the day, and that made me cautious about getting stuck out in the wop wops, as no bridges exist in the vicinity.
More rain was predicted for a week’s time, and I wanted to avoid experiencing that. I ended up only taking the week to get around, despite carrying an extra three days of food.
My blog about this tramp is here: Lake Monowai blog | September 2021.