Our 4WD got to Monument Hut, saving 10km/3 hours of easy walking up the Hopkins valley
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View up the Hopkins river valley
In search of a better challenge, Peter attaches a rock to his pack
Heading up the Huxley valley
Snow still lying on the peaks from recent Easter storms
Camp set up at the bush line near Brodrick hut
Looking towards the Huxley north branch headwaters
Forest near Brodrick Hut
April 22 2014: Starting late after rain, we pass a Rock of Navigational Significance to start climbing Mt Mackenzie
Alison, Peter and Helen (L-R)
Peter grinds up the tussock slopes towards Brodrick Pass
View from the summit of Mt Mackenzie
Helen, Peter and Alison climbed rock with crampons on to reach the summit
A brief glimpse of the Landsborough valley and the West Coast
When we arrived at the top, a rock wren was already there!
Descending the top snowfield.
Descending a glacier to the ridge leading back to Brodrick Pass in the sun below.
North branch of the Huxley river now in shade at 5pm
Easy ridge travel back to the pass
Summit snowfield petering out on our right
Clearing weather revealed beautiful scenes of the main divide as we descended.
Campsite in Huxley valley (north branch)
Game of 500 in progress (by Alison Davis)
Stoking the fire in Brodrick Hut (by Alison Davis)
Evening in Brodrick Hut (by Alison Davis)
Hopkins valley as the sky clouds over in a building norwester
Leaving the Hopkins valley (by Alison Davis)
Lake Pukaki and the ranges east of Aoraki Mt Cook
Kaikoura scene on the drive back to Wellington
Kaikoura scene on the drive back to Wellington (by Alison Davis)