What to do with Christmas when you are in New Zealand? Yes, join a Christmas tramp! Organized by Tania, seven people set off to Cedar Flat Hut, somewhere in the mountains not far from Hokitika.
After almost four hours of walking, boulder hopping, rock scrambling and stream crossing, we finally arrived at Cedar Flat Hut.
At the hut, we had two nights of delicious dinner, played card games and shared fun stories!
We also had the time to explore the beautiful environment. We went swimming in the Toaroha Canyon, tackled (part of) the Adventure Ridge, did a rather unsuccessful search for the Squall Peak track, crossed a very high swingbridge after some bushbashing...
The river was ice cold, but along the river there are some pools which are very hot! Quite a surprising contrast in the wilderness.
And of course, there was plenty of opportunity for taking night shots.
Yes, we had a Christmas tree with us! (I should have placed the tree much closer to the camera.)
More photos here!