Kirsty & Nick's New Zealand Adventure travel blog

Mount Cook & Lake Pukaki

Lake Pukaki

 

The glaciers on Mount Cook...can you see the face?

Mount Cook with glacier merraine in the foreground

Looking back down the valley towards Lake Pukaki from Mount Cook foothills


Depart Glentanner: 4348 km (10.45)

Needed to get some supplies today, and although the weather was dry and clear, there was quite a lot of cloud around. So after a lazy get up and go, we drove the 45 km or so south to Twizel. We stopped a gezillion times as the lake was a beautiful bright, deep turquoise.

Spent about an hour in Twizel – there wasn't really much to do there, and the supermarket was tiny, but we got what we needed.

We drove back towards Glentanner, but decided to carry on to Mount Cook and check out the camp site down there.

We went into the village first, parked up at the hotel there (The Hermitage) and took a short tourist hike to Kea Point, which overlooks the Hooker Glacier and Mount Cook. Actually the glacier was pretty uninspiring because it was covered in black merraine and looked more like a shag heap than a glacier. It was a lovely warm and sunny afternoon and we worked up a bit of a thirst, so popped into the hotel for a beer and to use the internet to look up the results of the first ski race of the season from Soelden.

Then we drove to the campsite in the foothills of Mount Cook. This was our first stay in a DOC campsite (Department of Conservation). Fortunately they had just erected new toilets, but that was about it as far as the facilities went. There was no hot water, no showers, no gas and no electricity so we were completely dependent on the gas and battery supply in the camper. A little scary given that the wind started to get up pretty much as soon as we arrived – and we had planned to do a lot of hikes and bike rides – could get a bit smelly!

The plus side is, it only costs $6 (two pounds fifty) for the night!

Pasta for dinner.



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