Relaxing in Mount Cook
Trip Start Mar 12, 2012
57Trip End Jul 10, 2012
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We got into the park, and arrived at our accommodation. I couldn't believe where we were staying.The hostel (more like a hotel) gave us 4 bed en-suite rooms, with balconies looking out to the mountains
Then we quickly made our way back through the valley before we froze to death. Back at the hostel I was reunited with some of my friends from my old bus, which was really nice, and we had a good catch up. Then the next morning the bus left, but I stayed behind. I had some extra days to chill out before going back to Auckland to catch my flight, so I thought I might as well spend them somewhere nice like Mount Cook! I had my first lie in for ages that morning, then decided to head out for another walk as the weather was so good. There are a number of walks you can do in Aoraki, but they are short and relatively easy. Everything else is best left to the experienced climbers and mountaineers
I did part of the longest walk you can do in the park. I climbed the mountainside up to Sealy Tarns. The climb was really hard. It was just endless steps, I thought they'd never end! At the beginning of the stairs, someone had written in stones "1800 steps to go!". Fantastic, I thought. I hate steps. As I was making my way up the slope before the steps started, a huge fat rabbit bombed down the path right towards me. About a metre in front of me, it looked up, saw me, and jumped into the bushes off the side of the path. A bit odd I thought, but carried on walking. Then 2 seconds later a stoat came pelting down the path as well. It almost ran into me too, and then jumped off the path, but the opposite side. That rabbit was lucky I was there, I probably stopped it from getting eaten!
Anyway, after a mammoth climb up these steps, I finally reached the top, and the views were definitely worth it. I was right next to the mountains, and could also see the lake. It was a beauitful place, and so quiet. I sat at had my lunch at the picnic table they have there, and just took in the view. I could have stayed there all day, but it was pretty cold, and I wanted to get back before it got dark, so started my descent. My legs were so glad to be going downhill! I ended up running down the steps (which was a little dangerous, as they're pretty steep, with sheer drops in some places!) but I was so eager to get down, I was quite happy to let gravity help me!
When I got back to the hostel, I had the whole room to myself, and seemed to be the only Stray person left there. So I took a nice long bath, and just spent the evening reading on the balcony, watching the sun set over the mountains
And that was the extent of my time in Mount Cook. Mainly a nice few days to catch up on sleep, and have a bit of a break from the bus. I think it did me a lot of good, and I felt quite refreshed when I left. I was sad to leave such a beautiful place though, I could have sat on the balcony forever!