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New Zealand is a beautiful country and offers some tremendous tramping. Look at these photos and see for yourself. The links below will take you to an index of the photos for that trip. Clicking on the thumbprint will display a larger version of the photo.

The Milford Track
We have done the Milford Tack a number of times but this time was special. This was a forty year family anniversary walk of the Milford Track. Back then we had done it as freedom walkers. Now we were doing it in style as part of the guided walk. Hot showers, all meals provided, good accomodation and an interesting party. We thoroughly enjoyed it. - February 2013.

Siberia Valley
Siberia is an attractive hanging valley off the Wilkin River. We had intended to explore the two branches at the head of Siberia Valley from our campsite and also go back up to Gillespie Pass and Lake Crucible but the weather had other ideas. We did have one pleasant day and enjoyed revisiting Lake Crucible before we retreated. - March 2013.

North Routeburn
For some time we have had this valley on our todo list. The North Routeburn has a good track and easy river flats making for pleasant trampng in the the lower valley. North Col at the head of the valley gives good views of the northern Hollyford peaks and of the Bryneira Range between the Hollyford and Hiden Falls valleys. We made two short trips to the North Routeburn in March and April 2013.

Gertrude Saddle
This is a good day trip from near the Homer Tunnel. It is an easy walk up the Gertrude Valley before climbing up the head of the valley, past Black Lake and up onto Gertrude Saddle. The view down the Gullivier and Cleddau valleys to Milford Sound is spectacular - April 2013.

Key Summit
Just one hour along the Routeburn Track the turn off to Key Summit gives easy access to the ridge between the Greenstone Valley and the Divide.  The views are great on a good day and it is worth carrying on past the track going further up the ridge to see Lake McKellar and Lake Gunn from above - April 2013.

Green Lake
It was an number of years since we had been to Lake Monawai and Lake Huroko so we decided to pay them a visit. We went along the Borland Road and did an overnight hike into Green Lake before continuing along the Road to the South Arm of Lake Manapouri. On the way back we climbed up the ridge to towards Mt Burns to take some photos. At Lake Huroko we climbed up to the lookout but were surrounded in cloud so got no views - April 2013.

Mt Cook and Mueller Hut
A couple of pleasant days was spent at Mt Cook on the way home to Wellington. Short walks up the Tasman and Hooker valleys to see the glacier lakes were followed by a climb up to Mueller Hut on a gorgeous day. The mountains and Sealy Tarns provided some great photos and Mt Cook stood out as always reminding me of my two climbing trips to its summits in my earlier years - April 2013.

Mt Kapakapanui
Not far from Wellington Mt Kapakapanui was a pleasant day circuit going up one ridge and down another. The fresh winter snow added to the enjoyment. Near the end of the ridge on the way done we found a lovely minature rata tree only a metre high and in flower.- June 2013.

Winter Snow
We headed for the snow down south in July heading for the the Kepler Trackr and Routebutn tracks. However fresh deep snow prevented us completeing the trip and so we spent a couple of nights at Luxmore Hut Next we set out for the Divide and enjoyed stunning weather as we went up on Key summit and on to Lake McKenzie befroe returning and spending a night in Milford Sound. Lastly we drove round to Glenorchy and headed for Routeburn Falls hut and on the next day to Harris Saddle before returning to Glenorch that night.- July 2013.

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