In January 2019, we visited the Nelson Lakes National Park - 1,000km² of mountains and lakes at the top of New Zealand’s South Island.
Our mission was Angelus hut, nestled 1,800m up into the highlands. We reached Angelus mid-afternoon and within a matter of minutes, the surroundings transformed from sunny skies into dark and gloomy fog. New Zealand’s long, thin shape means that is exposed to the power of the ocean from either side, which creates rapid, dramatic weather changes. This is why the NZ Department of Conservation always advocates packing for bad weather, even in the height of summer, even if the weather forecast suggests it will be fine. You never know what nature will throw your way, so always pack for the worst case scenario.