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

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Yesterday we hiked several trails in the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park! Simply amazing! The Tasman Glacier is receding and recently the glacial lake has filled up with icebergs that covered the lake the day we were there! Today/Sunday we walked around Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. Next we took a gondola ride up to an incredible view of the city.... read more
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Wir wachen gut auf und erkennen, dass der kostenfreie Stellplatz sogar über einen See verfügt. Nach Kaffee und heißer Schokolade geht es los Richtung Lake Tekapu und wir sind begeistert vom Anblick dieses Gebirgsmassivs - Mount Cook erstrahlt vor uns und wir cruisen entlang des Sees bis zur Mount Cook Village, wo wir keine wirkliche Auskunft von dem hochmotivierten Personal enthalten (es darf auch schlechte Tage geben) uns jedoch von der Ausstellung in den Bann ziehen lassen und uns schlauer machen. Insgesamt gibt es 90 Heli-Bergrettungen pro Jahr und auch den einen oder anderen Todesfall – ja das sind 3750 Meter… Das traumhafte Wetter ist wunderbar und wir wandern zuerst bei den Greenlakes (heute waren sie braun – da es sich um Regenwasser handelte; und kein Gletscherschmelzwasser) zum Tasman-Gletscher-See. Wirklich beeindruckender See, dennoch sind wir froh, ... read more
Mount Cook - Massiv Lake Pukaki
Stellplatz - Nähe Twizel
Ausblick Alpinmuseum


Vanuit Clifden gaan we verder, we stoppen eerst in Tutapere waar een 1000 jaar oude Totara boom staat. Een soort die vroeger veel voorkwam in dit deel van Nieuw-Zeeland, maar welke ook erg geliefd was bij houthakkers. Niet veel verder bereiken we voor het eerst de zuidkust van Nieuw-Zeeland. Je kan zien dat het hier vaak goed tekeer gaat, want de bomen groeien allemaal een kant op door de harde wind. We vervolgen onze weg naar Invercargill en slaan we de boodschappen en brandstof voor de komende dagen in, op het Zuideeiland moeten we hier toch iets alerter op zijn dan op het Noordereiland. We rijden verder oostwaarts door een groen, glooiend landschap met vooral veel koeien in de wei. De toeristische route langs de kust naar Curio Bay is vooral heel bochtig en deels onverhard. ... read more
05.1 Versteende Boom Curio Bay
14 Tunnel Beach
18 Pinguin bij Katiki Point .


After enduring a weekend of virtually non-stop rain which thwarted any sightseeing plans we might have had for Lake Tekapo or Lake Pukaki, Linda and I had headed to Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park on the Monday with very low expectations indeed – and as a result had been pleasantly surprised when we were able to complete the 10km return hike from our campsite at the White Horse Hill DOC campground to the large lake at the foot of the Hooker Glacier without being rained upon at all. But if we had considered this small mercy to be a blessing, then we were about to be bestowed with a miracle! Rising from our slumber on Tuesday (14th March) to find the first small patches of blue sky that we had seen in four days, we ... read more
A sight for sore eyes
Green Lake
Glacial Lake


" Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories". Ray Bradbury. 15th March 2017 After some really grey, cold and wet weather, we woke to brilliant clear blue skies which set the pulses racing as we slipped away quietly from the splendour of Lake Brunner. My trusty navigator had spotted a back country road to Route 6 and our onward journey down the lower West Coast. It turned out to be a great choice as this was real NZ back country with verdant green pastures flanked by steeply rising and wooded mountains. This must be a tough place to be in winter as the outside temperature was 5 deg C not forgetting that this is ... read more
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Le Mont Cook, point culminant du pays ! Encore une fois la chance est avec nous, la météo nous sourit :) Pleine lune au Mont Cook (on l'a attendue 2h, elle arrivera au final à 12h30, sans éclairé la pyramide...) Les paysages ici sont encore une fois hors du commun. Mais j'ai quand même bien envie de dire bienvenu à la maison !!! Le deuxième jour nous montons à la Hut Mueller, le temps est bouché mais je dois trouver le dernier trésor de l'ile du sud. Arrivé la haut, je suis le premier à la cabane. Katlin la gardienne une américaine du Wyoming, me prête des outils pour chercher mon présent caché dans les poutres. Je n'arriverai à prendre que le mot, la pièce de bois restera là-bas. Ici les gardiens de refuge sont volontaires ... read more
Tasman's glacier
Tasman's Glacier avec Susan
Postcard


So we have had an exciting few days seeing all sorts but actually not travelling very far. There is a problem with South Island and its this: it is SO jaw-droppingly gorgeous everywhere that you have to keep stopping. So we left Lake Tekapo via the charming but ridiculously crowded Church of the Good Shepard. It is a beautiful stone church built to cater for the spiritual needs of the pioneer Europeans and is still holding services. Trouble is that it is perched right on the lake and bus loads gather all day every day so a nice photo is all but impossible and some people's understanding of appropriate behaviour is not consistent with mine. As I sat inside for a moment of contemplation and considering how I could tease my vicar about "how's this for ... read more
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Oops, We’d only had the hire camper 24hrs and already broke it. Another car flashed us and I looked in the mirror only to see the power chord trailing along the road minus the connector. We were looking forward to flying into New Zealand. After months of trains and buses we were excited to have our own transport, a Toyota HiAce camper. We pre-booked this in the UK and because of the good price we received, didn’t expect too much. But it turned out to be newer and more spacious than we expected. As we were in Christchurch, a major NZ city we chose a campsite just a bus ride away from the city centre. Back in 2011, Christchurch suffered a major earthquake which killed a 185 people. I remember seeing the reports on the news ... read more
Lake Tekapo
Christchurch Trams
Overlooking Akaroa


R : After Queenstown, it was into the Central Otago region. It's autumn time here now so the trees are turning a wonderful mixture of oranges and reds and it's really cooling down. We headed into Gibbston Valley first, which is home to the first of the regions wine producing valleys. The first winery was closed for a wedding, but had great views over the autumnal valley. We stopped for a picture and headed on to Gibbston wines where we began our wines of the day. Luckily Dave was driving and he doesn't really drink wine, so he was mainly occupied taking photos and eating cheese. The region is known for its Pinot Noir and its different from those you find in the Malborough region. At Gibbston Valley wines we had a four wine taster, and ... read more
Survey of barrels
Müller Hut
Hooker Lake


My buddy Dan and I cancelled our second day in Wanaka and headed out to the highway to hitch a ride to Mt. Cook. The bus there is absurdly expensive (101 dollars for a three hour trip), so we had to figure out another way. We knew it would be difficult, since there were two of us and Mt. Cook is more of a resort than it is a town. Just when we were giving up hope (after an hour and a half) three French girls picked us up, and after telling them what we'd heard about it, decided to check it out for themselves and drove us all the way there. Captain Cook and Abel Tasman named half of the country after themselves, so the Tasman River runs near Mt. Cook, the tallest mountain in ... read more
Valley
Highest lake
Suspension bridge




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