After the Milford Track, we headed back to Queenstown. Ken went off to Mt. Cook and I stuck around for a couple days. I "conquered" Ben Lomond, the big peak next to town and next to my motel. It was probably the longest mountain climb I did in NZ, where I was intentionally avoiding a really big peak expedition.
The only thing I didn't get to were the Alps, the highest peaks of NZ. I did fly over them on the way back, though, and got a great view of their massive glaciers.
Back to the big city of Auckland and then back home, the adventure was over. After two months, it seemed like an eternity when I think of the start. Who knows what is next?
Summit of Ben Lomond
Looking toward Queenstown from Ben Lomond