From Havelock tarmac turned to gravel, to steep tree rooted path. Two hikers approached us. Micheal + Elna, two Te Araoa section hikers doing just the south island. We swapped tips and tales, and wishes of good luck, and on we went following the Pelorus river higher and higher brought the windy valley.
Beautiful emerald pools lined the river, hard to resist in the sizzling heat of the ozone-free scorching sun. We stopped and played in the river at a perfect picnic spot. Splashing in the ice cold water, and mucking about with the camera. Lunch: Brown bread, avocado, tomato, and S&V crisp butty, ( with a sprinkling of sandflies ). Unbelievably good. This is luxury trail food.
Finally packing up we realised the time. “Ah short day then ;)
We held out for a late lunch to reach Emerald Pools, well you’ve got to with a name like that eh? As it turned out, it was not much different than the other pools downstream but did have a fire pit and picnic bench. It’s icy green depths did not disappoint though.
After larking about in the water for too long we realised our plan of getting to Middy Hut today wasn’t going to happen.. So we set or sights on Captains Creek hut for the evening instead.
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