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Mt Cook

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Today was a very busy day (aren't they all though), as we had to drive to Queenstown but also wanted a trip to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Aoraki/Mt Cook is the tallest mountain in New Zealand.
When I opened the curtains I was created with a beautiful view.
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It was chucking it down as we drove along, although we still got a couple of peaks at snowy mountain tops, which was very exciting. We stopped at a viewpoint along the lake but didn't get to see the famous view. It was still very cool though and instead just looked gloomy and foreboding.
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By the time we got to Mt Cook it was going between drizzle and heavy rain, and apparently only 5 degrees outside. I was very glad to have brought my walking boots and wind and waterproof coat! We got going on the Hooker Valley track, one of the most popular short day walks in New Zealand. Walking the fill track takes about 3 hrs return, and unfortunately we didn't quite have time to do the whole thing. Following some advice I found online we did walk just past the second swing bridge to a viewpoint. Along the way the weather cleared up. I took so many photos, and none of them really do the place justice.
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Next we did a walk to the Tasman Glacier viewpoint which included walking up about 330 steps (we counted but lost count a few times). It was incredibly windy at the top but worth it (and the walk) for the view. We even saw some of the glacier floating in the sea!
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Sadly it was time to move on from Mt Cook. First we stopped back at the same viewpoint at lake Pukaki and what a difference!
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Our route to Queenstown took us through Lindis pass, which was not as winding as I expected but had lovely views, and made us feel so small.
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Our final stop was in Cromwell, where we wandered along the old historic precinct. It was very cute, and much better than I expected given I had mainly planned it as a toilet stop!
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Finally we made it to Queenstown, and I was quite looking forward to having a day without driving...

Posted by pkaplicz 22:40 Archived in New Zealand Tagged mountain aoraki/mount_cook wind_and_rain

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