Day Two (part 1): Over the Harris saddle
The only downside to staying at the Routeburn flat huts is that you then have a long day ahead of you to get over the Harris saddle and to Mackenzie lake. The day was sunny with a cool breeze and even in the early morning of the valley floor I was comfortable in a tshirt. Then it was a moderately steep climb up through the beech forest with some magical views of the Humbolt range until we arrived at the cascades of Routeburn Falls.
After a short stop it was a scramble up the rocks of the cascade above the Falls Hut until we came out into the high part of the valley. Crossing the heath and wetlands we climbed up along the bluffs above Harris lake to get to the Harris Saddle/TarahakaWhakatipu at 1,255 m. Then we rested, had lunch and admired the view.