The rain poured down all night and I thought that we would have to follow plan no. 1 and stay at Hope-Kiwi another day until the rivers had come down but in the morning the rain had stopped so we set off for Hurunui Hut.
About an hour later the rain started again.
There was not a lot to see on the way to the hut. Lake Sumner was obscured by cloud and the rain was fairly constant. There was quite nice Beech forest though with not much undergrowth and vast amounts of moss.
The lake was high and some of the last part of the track was covered with it so we had to bush bash to get around it to the river flats in order to cross the footbridge. After that it was roughly 1/2 an hour to the hut where Silvan performed his usual magic and lit the fire.
The visit to Hanmer Springs was well timed as it coincided with bad weather hitting the West Coast and Southern Alps. We ended up staying an extra day due to slips in the Lewis Pass and then made our way back to Boyle Village to pick up our food box and stay at the Boyle Village cottage before heading to Hope Kiwi Lodge.
This morning we left the cottage and set off down the road in order to not have to cross the Lewis and Doubtful Rivers as they are still running high. There is another bout of weather coming in that might have slightly more rain in it than the last one. Who knows, we will sit it out and then try to continue on.
About 10km down the road is Windy Point which has a swing bridge and just as we made it to the other side two T.A. hikers, Lindsey and Alison, appeared going the wrong way. They had made it almost all the way to Arthur’s Pass before having to turn back due to river levels and food growing shorter. This doesn’t give me great confidence in our plan to sit out the weather but we do have 9 days worth of food so all should be well.
One the way we also passed another 6 people leaving the area.
On the bright side, Hope Kiwi Lodge is a really nice solid large hut with a fireplace and toilets so it isn’t a bad place to spend a couple of days if that is what is needed.