Blogs from Mount Cook National Park, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 17

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Seen as we have lost the keys to the big Black and Red Bus, we've had to rent another vehicle to allow us to complete the journey. I'm sure they'll turn up somewhere. Therefore please find attached the photo's of our new jallopy. We went for it as it has a better fuel economy than our previous weapon. We aren't getting as many funny looks as we did in Big Jim, but it is amusing none the less. Emblazoned across the back is the statement - " My wife is a sex object. Everytime I ask for sex she objects." We seem to find a number of middle aged bearded men crowding round the back taking photo's at regular intervals during the day. We are doing a round up of the trip from Christchurch down to ... read more
Our van from the passenger side!
Jet Boating on the Shotover River
The lake in Queenstown


We rise early and leave our maternity hospital room to have a quick nose through Geraldine's main street, a cute mix of craft shops and small grocers. Massive supermarkets are few and far between round here - there are fewer than 7 people per square kilometre in South Island, compared to 281 on the island of Great Britain - and small food shops abound. Is there anything not good about this country? We pick up a nice chunk of monkfish for about £5 a kilo. I repeat, is there anything not good about this country? We drive out of Geraldine, westwards, and the scenery changes. This is Mackenzie Country, a huge grassy basin famed for its sheep farming. The drive is actually gradually taking us back towards the Southern Alps, and indeed against the gently rolling ... read more
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo


Just did a lot of blog and then the PC crashed so this will be a new briefer one as we're running out of time!! Arrived at Mount Cook with stunning scenery and the lodge we were staying in was very well appointed with views of all the mountains. We noticed we'd also got a puncture on the way so would sort that out when we left for Dunedin! Went for a short walk on the day we arrived as got there late afternoon. The next morning, we managed to get onto a scenic flight with Mount Cook Ski Planes. This was an amazing experience and involved a landing on a glacier along with a 50 minute flight, there and back. To see the mountains from the air was really great - and we got some ... read more
Views on the glacier


אחרי אגם טיקאפו הגעתי שוב למאונט קוק לעשות את המולר האט היתי אמור לפגוש שם את שגיב מהאכסניה של ג'וני ורוני בקריצ'רץ התחלתי את הטרק בשלוש וחצי די לחוץ בזמן אחלה מזג אוויר מתארגן מהר על הציוד , שוכח קפופות וחם צוואר אבל העיקר יש מעיל גשם מתחיל לטפס , עליה חדה מאוד בין שלוש וחצי שעות לארבע שעות בדרך למעלה פוגש את איסם הוא לבנוני שבא לטייל קצת הוא חיי באנגליה , מלמד מתמטיקה חוויה לטייל עם ערבי בדרך למעלה כל הזמן פוגשים אנשים שיורדים מהביקתה ואומרים כל הזמן "יש לך עוד לפחות שעתים" גם אחרי שעבר... read more


Typical of the west coast, it rained most of the four days I was here. The sun did come out and shone brightly on Christmas day and I was able to go on a hike with two girls from the hostel I was staying in with my friend Rachel. Christmas itself felt like a special and slightly different kind of day but not like Christmas exactly. Mt Cook was impressive and massive and I was struck by the its power to create its own weather. It felt good to be surrounded by mountains again and to feel solid rock beneath my feet but the best part was staying is Rachel's perfect flat which was attached to the hostel but its own private space with a kitchen! Besides my friends and family the things I miss most ... read more
mt cook
mt cook
mt cook

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It rained!! And then it snowed........and then we left!! The drive to Mt Cook was filled with cool views of the New Zealand countryside. We passed through a truly massive grassy plain fringed by mountains which had been the location for a few of the battle scenes in LOTRs. We also passed the surreal turquoise waters of the man made canals which transported water from some massive dam which I can’t remember the name of. By the time we got to the Mt Cook Village turn off the weather had caught us up and it started to rain again. Any view of Mt Cook would have to wait. Being a bit naïve we hadn’t book ahead and were lucky to find a vacancy at the first place we tried a few kilometers from the Village. Being ... read more
Hooker Glacier
Looking up the valley towards Mt Cook village
Mt Cook


I managed to get a couple of views of Mount Cook during my time there. The YHA was full so I stayed at the expensive hostel which was a rip off. We played Trivial Pursuits because the weather was so bad on the afternoon of my arrival. I had a few beers in the eveing with a canadian guy on leave from Afganistan, an english guy and a young dutchman who was some kind of internet geek and was a webmaster for several gambling and porn sites!... read more
Glaciers in Mount Cook National Park
Me on my morning walk


Not a particalury exciting day today - just a shed load of driving; although being new zealand the landscape is constantly changing so keeps things pretty interesting. Late afternoon we finally arrived at Mt Cook National Park where just for a few moments where we lucky enought to see a glimpse of Mt Cook's summit! Then it became shrouded in cloud once more as did most of the other high mountains. The whole area is amazing. As we the region is approached you are greeted by a huge turquoise coloured lake; as you get closer this is replaced by a large river delta where scree ridden valleys and huge cliffs meet the edges. After this snow covered mountains, glaciers, and moraine are met. The heavens opened - we spent the evening in the campervan!... read more
Mt Sefton on the way to Mt Cook Village
Lake Tekapo on the way to Mt Cook Village


Sunday 12 November After breakfast we made a reasonably early start on our walk up the Hooker Valley after getting well kitted out in coats, hats and gloves. It certainly isn't a wonder that a third of the Mount Cook N.P. is covered by permanent snow and ice! Our first stop was the Alpine Monument, which was dotted with numerous little plaques commemorating lives lost in the area and a testament to the awesome power of nature. Speaking of which, as we recommenced the walk, we were being buffeted about by near gale force winds, although after 12 hours of rain the previous night we weren't complaining. We got some great views of Mount Cook/Aoraki (meaning 'Cloud Piercer') and massive ice shelfs, as well as huge chunks of ice floating about in the Hooker Glacier terminal ... read more
Hooker glacier terminal lake
View of Tasman Glacier face
Church of the Good Shepherd


we left te anau for twizel, a small mountain town near the base of mount cook. the town doesn't have much to offer, other than being an affordable stop. we had changed our plan to just the one day at mount cook, to buy some time before our flight out on the 18th. the drive up to the mountain only took about 40min. it's kind of strange. it's a completely flat plain leading up to the range, and then the mountains come up out of nowhere. luckily for us it was a clear and sunny day. we were even able to see the peak. the visitor centre was closed by the time we got there, so we choose a short 2hr hike that would let us get back to twizel by 8pm -- time enough to ... read more




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