Starting point for the Routeburn Track
You don't hike far on the Routeburn until the views appear
Glacial tarn on Key Summit
View of Lake Marian from Key Summit
Wish I knew what this "moss" was called
Earland Falls through a break in the cloud
The clouds lifting over the Hollyford Valley
Approaching Lake MacKenzie and the lodge
View of Mt Emily and Emily Pass from Lake Mackenzie
Lake Mackenzie next AM
Lake Mackenzie Lodge
The spacious interior
Relaxing and enjoying the sunset over the Darran Mountains
Day 2: Departing Lake MacKenzie in beautiful sunshine
Climbing up the side of the lake
Lake Mackenzie from above
We were continually reminded of avalanche
Lake Mackenzie, lower right hand side. Mt Emily, top left.
Co-hiker Jan and guide Sadao celebrate reaching Ocean Peak Corner
The awesome view from the Corner: Darran Mountains, and the Hollyford Valley. The Tasman Sea would be visible were it not for the valley cloud.
Jan enjoys the view back to Key Summit in the middle distance.
The Darran Mountains
The Routeburn remains pretty level as it hugs the Hollyford Face.
Walking along the Hollyford Face
9000 foot Mt Tukoku, the highest mountain in Fiordland
The lunch huts at Harris Saddle. The one on the right was reserved for guided walkers. Unfortunately, the Conical Hill Track was closed
Approaching Lake Harris
Lake Harris - my favorite spot on the whole adventure
Last look at the Darran Mts across the Harris Saddle
Ralph skirting the cliff down to Lake Harris. You didnt want to fall here!
Here the group spaced out to minimize avalanche risk
Old pals together
Testing the water at Lake Harris
A pensive moment taking in the gorgeous scenery
Lovely flowers growing on a boulder
Gina, one of our guides, contemplates a swim in a pool above Routeburn Falls
A "George Kastanza moment" for Ralph
Looking down to the Routeburn Flats over the Routeburn Falls Lodge
Routeburn Falls Lodge
Cold drinks and biscuits greet us on our arrival.
Interior, Routeburn Falls Lodge
The traditional pancake-tossing contest
Routeburn day 3: waking up after sleeping outside on the deck
View from the deck, hut for independent walkers below
The guides help the two permanent staff with the meals, in this case, breakfast
Collette, our guide and the permanent staff at Routeburn Falls Lodge. Friendly folks!
Site of the huge 1994 landslide
View from the slide looking down to Routeburn Flats
Crossing the Route Burn
Gina crosses the Route Burn. "Burn" = "stream" in Scottish.
Jan contemplating a swim in the Route Burn. Four of us braved the icy water here.
Our last waterfall cascades :-(
NZ bush robin
The last suspension bridge :-(
Mike, Jude, Doug and Ralph finish the trek. We were the only four in our group that did both Milford and Routeburn tracks
Enjoying the scenery on the bus ride back to Queenstown
What photo album of NZ would be complete without a sheep photograph?
Back in Queenstown we took the gondola up the mountain for this magnificent view of the Remarkables