Mount Cook - New Zealand

Trip Start Jan 15, 2011
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Trip End Sep 15, 2011


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Mount Cook Campsite

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

We left Lake Tekapo at 2pm and arrived at Mount Cook by 4:30pm after driving the near straight roads for about 250km. The weather wasn't the greatest and was pretty cold when we arrived. We found a campsite before it got dark and cooked our first meal using the campervan portable cooker. We had chicken soup and bread whilst watching the clouds change colour above us as the sun set.

The next morning we trekked towards the base of Mount Cook along the Hooker Valley for about 5km. Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand measuring 3,754 metres. We could see most of Mount Cook but the tip was above the clouds. Seeing the size of the valley and the surrounding mountains made us feel tiny. As we walked further and further towards Mount Cook the weather progressively got worse. We were close to the base when we had to turn back as our rain macks started to rip from the strong winds and rain.

That afternoon we visited Lake Tasman which neighbours Mount Cook. Once we climbed to view the glacier we could see loads of icebergs floating within the lake. Lake Tasman is at the base of the Tasman Glacier and every so often you can hear loud noises as bits of the glacier break off and float down the lake.

The weather on the Tasman Lake side was ten times better than the Mount Cook side, even though they are only a few hundred metres apart. That afternoon, after the two contrasting walks we headed south towards Queenstown.



Do Mt Cook vesnice jsme prijeli kolem pate odpoledne a jelikoz bylo hrozne pocasi a zacalo se stmivat, sli jsme na malou prochazku a pote jsme se rozhodli najit kemp. Byl tu pouze zakladni kemp, kde krome zachodu a tekouci pitne vody nebylo nic. Za to jsme meli krasny vyhled na cele udoli a okolni hory. Ten vecer jsme meli moznot si uvarit nasi prvni veceri na malem plynovem varici a pri tom jsme stihli videt duhu, nadherny zapad slunce s nadherne cervenymy mraky.

Noc byla studena, hrozne foukalo a my se rano probudili opet jako kusy ledu. Bohuzel tentokrat jsme nemeli moznost si dat teplou sprchu a trvalo nam pekne dlouho nez jsme se, alespon trochu rozehrali.

Vesnice Mt Cook, kde byl nas kemp se nachazi v Narodim Parku Aoraki/Mt Cook. Narodni park  zahruje 19 vrcholu, ktere presahuji vysku 3000 metru a 40 procen plochy parku je pokryto ledovci. Nejvysi horou je Mt Cook (3755m) coz je take nevyssi hora Noveho Zelandu a nejvetsim ledovcem je Tasman Glacier, ktery meri 27km ma sirku 3km a tlouska ledu je kolem 600m.

Z vesnice vede hodne oblibenych turistickych tras a my jsme se rano vydali na jednu z nich. Cesta vedla do Hooker Valley, ktere se nachazi blizko Mt Cook a je zde nadherny vyhled na hru. Bohuzel ten den nebylo zrovna moc hezke pocasi, hodne prselo a foukal silny vitr proto jsme se asi po trech hodinach rozhodli to vzdat a vratili se do naseho auta. Za dobreho pocasi to musi byt krasna prochazka udolim, kde je uzasny vyhled na okolni hory a reku Hooker river, ale my jsme meli bohuzel smulu a moc jsme toho nevideli.

Pote jsme sli na vylet k Blue Lakes a vyhlidku na Tasman Glacier a i kdyz to bylo do slova za rohem, pocasi zde bylo o hodne lepsi a dokonce na nas svitilo slunicko. Po asi 30 minutach chuze do strmeho kopce se nam naskytl nadherny vyhled na Tasmanovo udoli, kde se nachazi jezero, po kterem pluji ledove kry. Oba dva jsme z toho pohledu byli naprosto nadseni.
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JB on

Simply awesome Phill

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