Blue Lakes and White Peaks

Trip Start Feb 04, 2010
Trip End Mar 16, 2010

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Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge

Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Thursday, February 11, 2010

We woke up this morning at the Holiday Inn Christchurch City Centre to overcast skies and a slight drizzle, but we weren’t worried as the morning news was calling for clearer skies in the south which was where we were headed.  After picking up our rental car and reviewing the New Zealand driving rules (give way to the right!) we stopped at the “Pak N Save” to grab some snacks and steak pies for the ride to Mount Cook Village.  The clouds lifted once we had navigated ourselves out of the Christchurch CBD and the scenery grew more and more beautiful with every passing kilometer!  The landscape was fairly flat around Christchurch, but got more mountainous as we drove further south-west.  We turned a corner and all of as sudden we were overwhelmed with the incredible blue colour of Lake Tekapo.  The amazing colour occurs as a result of glacial settlement in the lake.  We continued along the road to Lake Pukaki, equally as stunning, which we drove along all the way to our final stop today at Mount Cook Village.  We checked into the Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge and headed out to dinner.  After dinner, we decided to take a quick hike to Kea Point for views of Mount Cook at sunset.  There wasn’t another person on the trail and the sunset was spectacular!  We heard 2 avalanches on the surrounding mountains while we gazed at the summit of Aoraki Mount Cook.  After the brisk walk back to the car park (to ensure we made it back before dark!) we headed back to the hotel to get some rest for our long drive tomorrow.  Both of us agreed that this was the most spectacular scenery either of us have ever seen.  We’ll see what tomorrow brings!



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