The plateau of Folois nestles at the southwest foot of Mount Erymanthus, in Hleia. Its name derived from mythology and the king of the Centaurs, Follo, friend of Hercules. Folois forest, with the unrivaled natural beauty, is one of the largest oak forests in Europe.
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Backpacking / Trekking in Rees-Dart Track, Glenorchy, Otago New Zealand
It is located at 44 km/27 mi from Queenstown (a breathtaking, scenic drive) and consists the gateway to Fiordland and Mount Aspiring National Parks. Glenorchy and the surrounding area was the setting for the legendary films Lord of the Rings and X-Men Origins.
The Rees-Dart Track is a 4-5 day circuit track (average 6-8 h walking per day) in the southern part of Mt Aspiring National Park (World Heritage Area).
It follows Rees and Dart Rivers and offers a varied and magnificent scenery. Grasp the unique opportunity to pass by rivers and lakes, cross ancient forests, enjoy the truly breathtaking view of mountains and experience the wild nature of the National Park. If you wish to complete the track, you should allow 4-5 days depending on fitness level.
Note: Camping is allowed except for the alpine areas between Shelter Rock and Dart Huts, and Cascade Saddle. For hut and accommodation information check with the official DOC website. Bookings are essential.