Bealey Spur is an easy day walk in the mountains of the Southern Alps, on the Canterbury side of Arthurs Pass. Walkers are rewarded with river valley views, and a walk through mountain beech forest to a hut at 1,200m (4,000ft). These photos were taken in April, in late summer conditions.
The Top Hut was built in 1935, framed with beech saplings, clad in corrigated iron, with a wooden floor. It was originally used by musterers, when this was sheep farmland. It is now a six bunk hut, available for walkers.
The next three photos were taken during another hike in June, when the first snow is on the track and surrounding mountains, and temperatures are much cooler.
A tarn is a mountain lake or pool, formed in a valley that has been excavated by a glacier. These tarns are an attractive distraction beside the track.