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Morning mist, Hidden Falls creek

Heading down Hidden Falls creek

Heading down Hidden Falls creek

Leaving the campsite in Cow saddle after a morning of relaxation and clothes drying. It's just an afternoons walk to ...   More ▶︎
Cow saddle

Cow saddle

On the five passes route. Cow saddle with Fiery col in the background. taken Jan 2010   More ▶︎
Five Passes

Five Passes

A classic trip starting and finishing at the Routeburn road. The five passes are; Sugarloaf pass, Park pass, Cow saddle, Fiery ...   More ▶︎
Here comes the cold half of the day

Here comes the cold half of the day

We didn't start walking until after midday and now with the descent from Fiery Col complete we settle down in ...   More ▶︎
Camp on Hidden Falls Creek

Camp on Hidden Falls Creek

looking upstream, our campsite high on Hidden Falls Creek was a little exposed but above the early morning mist   More ▶︎
Five Passes via Lake Nerine and North Col

Five Passes via Lake Nerine and North Col

A classic tramp north of the Routeburn. Rather than exit via the Rockburn, we extended the trip through Lake Nerine ...   More ▶︎
Scree Slopes in Hidden Falls Creek

Scree Slopes in Hidden Falls Creek

An interesting mix of colours awaits you when you ascend Hidden Falls Ck toward Cow Saddle.   More ▶︎
The Olivine Ledge

The Olivine Ledge

At around 1100M a grassy ledge takes you from a short distance down from Fiery Col to the outlet from ...   More ▶︎
Ultramafic rocks, Hidden Falls Creek

Ultramafic rocks, Hidden Falls Creek

On the five passes route. Ultramafic rocks in upper Hidden Falls creek. taken Jan 2010   More ▶︎
Olivine Wilderness Area

Olivine Wilderness Area

Remote country in the Olivine Range. The wilderness area includes the Red Hills, the Olivine Ice Plateau, and the Joe ...   More ▶︎
The descent to Cow Saddle from Fiery Col

The descent to Cow Saddle from Fiery Col

Already down some 50m from the Col and the saddle area is coming into view. It's still another 4-500m to ...   More ▶︎
Fiery col from Olivine Ledge

Fiery col from Olivine Ledge

On the five passes route. Fiery col (on the left) from Olivine Ledge. taken Jan 2010   More ▶︎
Fiery Col in fine weather

Fiery Col in fine weather

It's the first time i've come through here in clear weather. What a view. We didn't get going till 1pm today. ...   More ▶︎
Fiery Col

Fiery Col

looking across Cow Saddle into Hidden Falls Creek Feb 2013   More ▶︎
Fiery Col menhir

Fiery Col menhir

Photo Feb 2013, having begun the climb from the Olivine Ledge towards the Col   More ▶︎
Menhir at Fiery Col

Menhir at Fiery Col

Approaching Fiery Col from the Olivine Ledge, there is a small but distinct menhir off to the right - Penguin ...   More ▶︎
Olivine Ledge

Olivine Ledge

On the five passes route. View of the Olivine Ledge from just below Fiery col. And a Mt Cook lily ...   More ▶︎
Park Pass Glacier

Park Pass Glacier

some of the breath-taking scenery on the descent from the glacier Feb 2013   More ▶︎
Fiery creek campsite

Fiery creek campsite

On the five passes route. Camping by Fiery creek. taken Jan 2010   More ▶︎
Terminal lakes of Park Pass glacier

Terminal lakes of Park Pass glacier

To the north of Park Pass (1175m) is Poseidon Pk(2208m) from which flows Park Pass glacier to appx 1500m. It ...   More ▶︎
Park Pass Glacier

Park Pass Glacier

a highly recommended side trip on the 5 Passes tramp Feb 2013   More ▶︎
Park Pass glacier - close up the snout.

Park Pass glacier - close up the snout.

The neve certainly looks very accessible from the terminal end. It was only the time factor which disallowed us the ...   More ▶︎
The route to Lake Nerine from Park Pass

The route to Lake Nerine from Park Pass

Looking from the moraine of Park Pass glacier, the steep snowgrass slopes can be seen to the south. These slopes ...   More ▶︎
Park Pass and the Rockburn

Park Pass and the Rockburn

the climb to Park Pass Glacier opens views down the Rockburn and the sidle to Lake Nerine Feb 2013   More ▶︎
Close up of Park Pass Glacier

Close up of Park Pass Glacier

Showing the snout of the glacier with the tip obscured by the rock wall. Taken from above the steep snowgrass ...   More ▶︎
Park Pass

Park Pass

On the five passes route. The upper Rock Burn from Park Pass. taken Jan 2010   More ▶︎
Rockburn - Lake Nerine - North Routeburn

Rockburn - Lake Nerine - North Routeburn

A slightly shorter option to the 5 passes trip but of similar if not more difficulty. Can be done in ...   More ▶︎
Early morning reflection

Early morning reflection

Taken from the top of Park Pass looking south towards the route into Lake Nerine   More ▶︎
View of the Rockburn from Park Pass Bivvy

View of the Rockburn from Park Pass Bivvy

As you ascend the Rockburn, perhaps as part of the Five Passes Walk, you can take advantage of a rock ...   More ▶︎
The upper Beansburn from the rock bivvy

The upper Beansburn from the rock bivvy

Some rain appears on the lens as it blows directly into the bivvy site. Good for us we can get ...   More ▶︎
The Serpentine Range and the Three Passes

The Serpentine Range and the Three Passes

A six day trip around the Three Passes, including a traverse of the Serpentine Range instead of the North Route ...   More ▶︎
Beans Burn camp

Beans Burn camp

On the five passes route. Camping next to the Beansburn rock biv -- there is room for a couple of ...   More ▶︎
Fiery Col

Fiery Col

taken from the 1200m highpoint on the Olivine Ledge Feb 2013   More ▶︎
Whio on the Olivine River

Whio on the Olivine River

At Barrington Flats   More ▶︎
Big Bay - Pyke - Hollyford Road-end Route

Big Bay - Pyke - Hollyford Road-end Route

Big Bay - Pyke - Hollyford Road-end Route as tramped by us in May 2012 and recorded with Garmin GPS60csx   More ▶︎
Lake Alabaster Hut

Lake Alabaster Hut

Second hut on the Hollyford Track.   More ▶︎
Lake Alabaster from the South

Lake Alabaster from the South

Taken from the beach about 5 minutes from the Lake Alabaster hut.   More ▶︎
Down the Beansburn

Down the Beansburn

looking down the Beansburn - on the climb to Fohn Pass Feb 2013   More ▶︎
Beans Burn

Beans Burn

On the five passes route. Upper Beans Burn valley from just below Fohn saddle. taken Jan 2010   More ▶︎
beansburn track

beansburn track

a route that follows the beansburn valley. lake unknown can be reached from here. times: beansburn mouth-rock bivvy no 1 1-1.5 ...   More ▶︎
Alabaster Pass from the Olivine ledge

Alabaster Pass from the Olivine ledge

Looking from the ledge at the Olivine river and the flats on the river at the base of Alabaster Pass. ...   More ▶︎
Mt Tantalus

Mt Tantalus

Mt Tantalus over the Fohn Saddle. The Fohn Saddle is about the mid-point of the 5 passes tramp   More ▶︎
Fohn Lake

Fohn Lake

taken from above Fohn Pass, one possible route to the lake descends the gully on the right and sidles to ...   More ▶︎
Pyke - Big Bay Route

Pyke - Big Bay Route

A more challenging extension to the Hollyford Track following old roads, rivers, lake edges, and beaches.   More ▶︎
Beans Burn waterfall

Beans Burn waterfall

On the five passes route. Waterfall mid Beans Burn. taken Jan 2010   More ▶︎
to Lake Nerine

to Lake Nerine

on the sidle to Lake Nerine, looking back to Park Pass Glacier   More ▶︎
Looking back towards Park Pass

Looking back towards Park Pass

It is a steep snowgrass sidle from Park Pass to this point but the view is rewarding   More ▶︎
Fohn Lake sunset

Fohn Lake sunset

Feb 2013. Sun setting behind the Bryneira Range as seen from point 1501   More ▶︎
Sunset on Sunset Peak

Sunset on Sunset Peak

deepening colours as the sun sets Feb 2013   More ▶︎
Sunset from Fohn Lake

Sunset from Fohn Lake

looking W from the knoll above Fohn Lake Feb 2013   More ▶︎
Fohn lake - Mt.Aspiring NP NZ

Fohn lake - Mt.Aspiring NP NZ

Along the Five Passes route and below Fohn saddle. The lake sits above the Olivine ledge. Fine weather at lunchtime. March ...   More ▶︎
Fohn Lake

Fohn Lake

relaxing in the early evening - a great camp beside the tarn and below the aptly named Sunset Peak   More ▶︎
Fohn Lake

Fohn Lake

On the five passes route. Fohn lake with Sunset Peak (1800m) behind it. taken Jan 2010   More ▶︎
The Olivine ledge from our bivvy at sunset.

The Olivine ledge from our bivvy at sunset.

The Fohn Lakes are above and to the left here with the outlet streams dropping across the ledge. The ledge ...   More ▶︎
Northern end of the Olivine Ledge

Northern end of the Olivine Ledge

From the Bryneira Range   More ▶︎
A tarn on the way to Lake Nerine

A tarn on the way to Lake Nerine

This tarn is a very attractive place to stop for a while on the way to Lake Nerine. While it ...   More ▶︎
Lakelet in the Humboldt Mountains - Mt.Aspiring NP NZ.

Lakelet in the Humboldt Mountains - Mt.Aspiring NP NZ.

Perched high above the Rockburn valley floor, near to Lake Nerine only a little northward toward Park Pass.   More ▶︎
Park Pass Glacier

Park Pass Glacier

From near pt 1796 south of North Col   More ▶︎
Lake Nerine

Lake Nerine

The first view you get of Lake Nerine as you cross the saddle by Point 1594. Jan 2017   More ▶︎
Lake Alabaster from the North

Lake Alabaster from the North

Taken from the Northern head of the lake looking South. 3 hours of wading in the lake awaits to reach ...   More ▶︎
Sunset Peak

Sunset Peak

panorama from the summit of Sunset Peak - looking S to E across Fohn Pass and Lake and Fiery Col ...   More ▶︎
Sunset panorama

Sunset panorama

panorama from Sunset Peak, looking NE to NW. From Skippers Range, across Lake Wilmot & Olivine River, Terminal Peak to the ...   More ▶︎
Merkl Glacier

Merkl Glacier

photo taken from the easily reached Sunset Peak, looking NE. Feb 2013   More ▶︎
Camp at Lake Nerine

Camp at Lake Nerine

This has to be every tramper's dream. A camp at Lake Nerine in perfect windless conditions   More ▶︎
Lake Nerine

Lake Nerine

Looking back at Lake Nerine from the ridge at its head. Mt Earnslaw in the distance   More ▶︎
Theatre Flat from above

Theatre Flat from above

Looking back down at Theatre Flat from the lip of the hanging valley that holds lake Nerine   More ▶︎
The tops of the Darran Mountains - Fjordland NZ

The tops of the Darran Mountains - Fjordland NZ

The exit from the Lake Nerine basin when heading to North Col overlooks the lower end of Hidden Falls Ck ...   More ▶︎
A fresh look at the descent to Lake Nerine.

A fresh look at the descent to Lake Nerine.

If visiting the lake from Park Pass it is inevitable you will find yourself at the top of this slope ...   More ▶︎
Rockburn Skyline

Rockburn Skyline

panorama of the Rockburn from Park Pass Glacier to Theatre Flat - from the outlet of Lake Nerine Feb 2013   More ▶︎
Tutuko & Madeline

Tutuko & Madeline

Looking across at Mt Tutuko and Madeline across a cloud filled Hollyford Valley. This is during a rest on the ...   More ▶︎
Hollyford Valley

Hollyford Valley

thick cloud fills the Hollyford Valley as we sidle on the 1600m contour to North Col (Prospector Peak in the ...   More ▶︎
The Olivine river - Mt.Aspiring NP

The Olivine river - Mt.Aspiring NP

Several hundred metres below the Olivine ledge on the river. A little downstream of the confluence with Sunset Ck. That ...   More ▶︎
View from Lake Alabaster

View from Lake Alabaster

mountain shot from Lake Alabaster   More ▶︎
Lake Never, Bryneira Ranges

Lake Never, Bryneira Ranges

Particularly murky day   More ▶︎
View north from Nereus Peak

View north from Nereus Peak

The ridge east of Nereus Peak summit can be reached by a straight forward climb from North Col. Looking north ...   More ▶︎
Ice Cave

Ice Cave

Remnants of winter snow fall melted from underneath by the North Routeburn. Taken from just below North Col.   More ▶︎
Lake Unknown

Lake Unknown

Lake Unknown lies high between the Beans Burn & the Rockburn. The Dart Valley is visible behind about 750 meters ...   More ▶︎

Lake Unknown

Overnight trip to Lake Unknown   More ▶︎
Theatre Flat

Theatre Flat

Half way up the Rockburn is the giant Theatre Flats. Lake Nerine is at the top of the bluffs at ...   More ▶︎
Theatre Flat

Theatre Flat

Approaching Theatre Flat from down valley. On a nice day it's a pleasant place to camp, not so much this ...   More ▶︎
Hidden Falls Creek

Hidden Falls Creek

Most of the creek above the big bend; from between North Col & Serpentine Saddle   More ▶︎
Bridge in the Rockburn

Bridge in the Rockburn

This fine bridge provides an easy crossing of the Rockburn just below Theatre Flat   More ▶︎
West side of Nereus

West side of Nereus

From near Pt 1740   More ▶︎
Serpentine Range & Swamp Creek

Serpentine Range & Swamp Creek

From near Pt 1796   More ▶︎