I have no idea why we walked so far today. We started at 7:30AM and reached Royal Hut at about 10:30AM to begin our ascent of Stag Pass. This was protracted but wasn’t as bad as expected. It was windy at the top though so instead of walking the ridgeline as so many recommended we followed the Te Araroa trail down into the valley until we reached Camp Hut at around 3:00PM.
I think I initially came up with the idea to keep walking in order to cut down on the long walk to Tekapo but Silvan wholeheartedly joined in and before I knew it we were on the Two Thumbs track and had decided to keep going until Lilybank Road.
Two Thumbs track is amazing by the way. Over a terrace with mountains on one side and Lake Tekapo and the Southern Alps on the other.
We reached Lilybank Road at roughly 9:00PM and set up camp before the light fled.