After having one of my longest day walks, a 12 hour plus day walking in very hot weather, from Pakituhi Hut, down to Lake Hawea, across to Albert Town and through to Wanaka, I was grateful to meet up with Lynda and have a well earned rest day. Somewhat refreshed from this, I set out on the Motatapu Alpine Track with great expectations. I had heard good things about this new track through Mt Soho Station and I wasn't disappointed. It's a great experience, a little steep in parts, but now that I am much fitter, this is not such a problem. The weather took another twist and gave us a good dumping of snow at Highland Hut, on the 15th Jan, so just as well I carry good wet weather tramping gear.