19th Jan Thursday. Te Aroaro 110

Stodys hut 2539km to Lake Hawea 2560km (Lucy) (21km)

Cold start for the morning but quickly warmed up as Ken and I made our way up just past Mt Breast to where we stopped for breakfast at Pakituhi Hut.

The views over Lake Hawea and beyond to the Alps, including Mt Aspiring should have been a highlight for this segment of the hike, but with the cold, rain and sleet, it was a relief to move on and head toward lower ground away from the strong winds that have been punishing us for the last couple of days.

 Lake Hawea

Kin moved on towards the camp site where he preferred to stay and Lucy picked me up from the main shop and took me to her home.

Washing done with clean clothes now and the best full on shower Ive had for a long time, I feel human again.