The weather had improved immeasurably by the time we arose with the clouds moving in a different direction and no rain and headed for Locke Hut.
The first 9km to Hurunui No.3 Hut (I still haven’t found No.2) were easy and uneventful except for a short stop at some hot springs where Silvan and Angelynn had a soak. They were kind of a surprise to me because, unlike volcanic hot springs, they didn’t smell overwhelmingly of sulphur.
After Hurunui No.3 we headed up to Camerons Hut and started to get an impression of the vast amount of water that had travelled down the valley last week. Slips, fallen trees, and signs of serious flooding are everywhere. By the time we reached Harper Pass Bivvy large portions of the track had been either swept away or fallen off.
Once over the pass the track looked like a scoured riverbed due to the water and occasionally just ended abruptly where the river had swept away a small bluff.
Locke Hut is fairly untouched though which is good as I am sleeping in my beloved tent as there are 10 people here.