Blue Lake: A New Zealand Treasure

"This light that does not touch us, does not travel the whole distance, the light that gets lost, gives us the beauty of the world, so much of which is in the colour blue." - Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

There is a Japanese couple who have stayed here two nights in their orange tent. They want to stay longer, but food is running low.

"This place has a very strong spiritual power," the man says. "I feel it."

There are three women eating crackers with cheese, avocado and olives. They drink from plastic tea cups: "It's wine, not tea." They giggle, huddle and gossip.

There is a man and two women who look like they belong to the earth - bronze skin, knotted hair.

All have walked here carrying backpacks, following the West Sabine River, hiking through forests and valleys, up steps formed of dirt and tree roots, over boulders and scree.