George and Rosemary in Australia and New Zealand travel blog

Lake Matheson

Lake Matheson

Lake Matheson

Lake Matheson

Lake Matheson

Lake Matheson

Lake Matheson

Lake Matheson

Lake Matheson

Lake Matheson

Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Tasman

Waiting for the helicopter

Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier

Aoraki Mount Cook

Cook/Tasman range

Cook/Tasman range

Aoraki Mount Cook

Aoraki Mount Cook

Fox Glacier from top

Cook/Tasman range

Cook/Tasman range

Cook/Tasman range

Cook/Tasman range

Cook/Tasman range

Cook/Tasman range

Aoraki Mount Cook

Cook/Tasman range

Cook/Tasman range

Cook/Tasman range

Cook/Tasman range

Cook/Tasman range

Aoraki Mount Cook

Cook/Tasman range

Cook/Tasman range

Aoraki Mount Cook

Aoraki Mount Cook

Cook/Tasman range

Aoraki Mount Cook

Aoraki Mount Cook

Cook/Tasman range

Cook/Tasman range

Cook/Tasman range

Cook/Tasman range

Cook/Tasman range

Cook/Tasman range

Cook/Tasman range

Cook/Tasman range

Cook/Tasman range

Cook/Tasman range

Aoraki Mount Cook

Fox Glacier from top

Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier

near Fox Glacier

Helicopter

Cook/Tasman range in evening


The day dawned bright so without having anything to eat we drove straight to Lake Matheson, this time walking right around the lake to the different viewpoints. From there there were spectacular views across the water to Mount Tasman and Mount Cook and the surrounding range. At first there were clouds covering the mountains but after we had waited for a few minutes they cleared away and we were very happy with the clear views of the snow-covered mountains against the blue sky and the reflections in the lake.

After breakfast back at the motel we enquired about the helicopter flights which David and Katharine's sons had offered to buy for them. All four of us went for a most spectacular 30 minute flight up over the glaciers and around the summits of Tasman and Cook. The prospect was alarming but in the event the flight was smooth with no turbulence. The views of the snow-covered mountains were outstanding. After going up the Glacier we looked down on it and could see deep crevasses where the snow was on the move. Down below we could see several parties of climbers.

In the afternoon George and Rosemary enjoyed a walk up to a view point overlooking the Fox Glacier and a drive towards the foot of the glacier.



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