With backpacks packed we start our hike by crossing the Bealey and Mingha Rivers. None of the rivers on this route are bridged so we quickly become accustomed to wet boots. The Edwards Valley is a mix of forested sections of trail, open river bed and some steeper sections of natural staircases of rock and tree roots. When the trail climbs high above the Edwards River, we have some great views of the waterfalls below. Eventually the trail emerges out of the forest into the tussock flats of the upper valley. The 16 bunk Edwards Hut is our home for the night and a welcome sight! At nightfall we listen out for the distinct call of the kiwi. Roroa, or great spotted kiwi, are known to inhabit this sub-alpine area. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.