Trip Start Aug 16, 2006
91Trip End Aug 2007
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The road up to Mt Cook village passes alongside the beautiful blue Lake Pukaki and the mountains growing ever larger in the background made an awesome sight.
However, the weather was rapidly changing and by the time we made it to the village the sky was ominously dark, and it was blowing a gale, so we decided to put off a walk till the following morning. We chose to stay at a Department of Conservation (DOC) camp site, since there were 'No Camping' signs all over the place meaning we couldn't rock up just anywhere without risking being asked to move on at some unearthly hour. Stupidly though we paid the $16 fee (never again!) before realising that the camp site (which was basically just a car park with some scabby toilets) was being re-surfaced and was more like a building site with JCBs and heavy vehicles rolling up and down. At one point some idiot managed to let go of a large drum which rolled down-hill (helped by the wind) and crashed into the side of our van! Happy camping!
The night was interesting to say the least. The rain was lashing down and the wind was so strong we thought the van might tip over!
We woke the next day to a much calmer scene and did a little exploring of the area:
Amazing scenery! And this was to be fairly typical of all our travels in the south island. Next came Queenstown, extreme sports capital of the world...