|Started fairly early in the morning on our drive up to Mt.Cook which is situated in a tiny village that provides tourists with access to the mountain.
Took piccies form Lake Pukaki which has those beautiful turquoise waters again.
Checked into the last two available YHA beds in the hostel and then started on a walk to Kea point which was supposed to provide good views of Mt.Cook the highest mountain in NZ at 3755 metres and known to the Maori's as Aoraki which means cloud piercer. It was blazing hot and yet the wind was incredibly strong making it a very uncomfortable walk - this coupled with the fact it was a very sanitised tourist walk with boardwalks all the way (it didn't feel like you were doing a special walk that required effort - we're hard core hikers now!) made us decide to cut the walk short halfway. We headed back for relaxing time in the YHA watching films and enjoying the free sauna - ahhhh paradise.
The winds got even worse during the night and was well into the gale force region which made the sauna and cosy living room all the better - and made us thank our lucky stars we weren't camping!