Planned route - Day 1 afternoon to Powell Hut, Day 2 am to Mt Holdsworth, then to Jumbo Hut and back to Holdsworth lodge along the Atiwhakatu River.
Powell Hut from Car Park
Mt Holdsworth in cloud - Powell hut to left just above bush line.
View from Rocky Outlook back to the Road End Car Park
Looking up to Powell Hut from Rocky Outlook
Some easier going! Powell hut just visible below highest left point.
A rest at mountain hut before the steep climb up to Powell.
Half an hour just below Powell Hut.
Half an hour just below Powell Hut
Steeper than it looks!
Rock steps just below Powell Hut
Above Powell Hut - wind already strong so holding onto the sign!
View through the Tararuas to Kapiti Island
Mt Holdsworth 1470m (distant peak with the Trig Marker) - already getting windy and with sun setting fast too late to continue any higher.
Wind blown grasses & Dad
Gourmet tramping food!
Sunrise over Masterton
Dad & sunrise
Loos with a view!
Heading back down - too windy to head up the mountain.
Back in the Atiwhakatu Valley - almost back.
The ridge line we had hoped to walk - next time!
An afternoon hike in Belmont Regional Park
Looking back to Manakau on way up Thompson