|A bit of sun in Queenstown|
|Occasionally we're out of the forest, the cloud lifts and we can where we are|
|The lake beside the Mackenzie Hut with snow-capped mountains beyond|
|The forest at its most beautiful in the damp early morning, elves and hobbits behind every rock|
|Looking back down through the mist we can see the Mackenzie Hut way below us|
Over a saddle and we’re now making our way along the far side of the mountain towards the Harris Saddle, highest point on the walk. We stop at the shelter just before and Andy brews up some tea and we have lunch. Weather not too good outside but warm and steamy inside.Mike and Bill decide to do a 2 hour diversion taking in the top of the mountain while the rest of us make our way over the saddle with the views clearing the other side. Snow-topped peaks above and lakes and streams below as we make our way down the valley.
|Crossing over to the other side of the mountain, continuing up towards the Harris saddle|
|The shelter near the highest point, Anne gently steaming while Andy boils the kettle|
|Coming down the valley from the Harris Saddle|
|Approaching the Routeburn Falls Hut from above|
We round a corner past waterfalls and there’s the roof of the Routeburn Falls Hut below us and a flat bottomed valley in the distance below that. The hut’s in a great position with a terrace looking out over tree tops. We settle into the dorms, Mike and Bill join us, and the sun comes out shortly creating a stunning double rainbow across the sky. More card-playing in the evening and then into the freezing cold dormitories wearing everything including a woolly hat to get warm enough to sleep.
|Magnificent rainbow from the terrace of the Routeburn Falls Hut|
|Sunshine at last on our final evening|