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We'll put together a photo essay when all the pix come in from the first tramping parties through the Motatapu Track, but to give you a taste, here's a few from shooter Amos Chapple who started at Macetown and went through to Motatapu Road, Wanaka March 10-12.
Ridge leading up to Roses Saddle
High country at the saddle
Roses Hut after descent from the saddle - end of day one, front coming through.
60 kph gusts on the Knuckle Peak ridge
First glimpse of Lake Wanaka
Boots on the saddle leading through to Highland Creek Hut
Highland Creek Hut - end of day two
Climbing again - Motatapu Tramper on day 3
More climbing to Jack Hall Saddle
Walking out through Fernburn - the only easy grades