Aoraki

Trip Start Mar 01, 2007
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Trip End Oct 02, 2007


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Sunday, August 26, 2007

It was another early start today, this time to head North to Mount Cook a place I had never been before :)

I thought this would have been one of the more scenic journey I would do, but it was pretty rubbish if I'm honest! we again stopped at that stupid fruit market! I'm seriously in protest of that place now! never gonna buy anything from them! then we passed a few lakes and some mountains and before lunchtime we were heading down into the plateau where Lake Pukaki and Aoraki National Park sits.

Now this area is stunning! The village itself actually sits at the bottom of a U shaped valley carved out by glaciers millenia ago, so it is surrounded on 3 sides by the tallest mountains in Australasia.

After checking in to my hostel and literally dumping my bag on my bed and changing into my walking shoes I was out of the door and headed in the direction of the village proper.. 1km away or so.

While researching this part of my trip I came across a walk I wanted to do out to the Hooker Glacier, so it was the start of this track that I was looking for in the village, which I managed to find with no problems just down the road from the Hermitage hotel - the biggest in the area.

The walk took about 4 hours so I am glad that I headed straight out as it was getting dark as I arrived back, I would not have liked to be out there in the dark as you pass through a bit of forest, over some moraine fields for the Mueller glacier and cross the meltwater river from the Hooker glacier twice on swing bridges... I would have definatley died had I taken any longer!

I saw my first ever icebergs today too :) but I did lose my sunglasses somewhere on the route, I noticed about 10 mins after I started heading back, so I went back to the terminal lake but couldn't see them anywhere and no one had passed me in either direction, so I have no idea what the hell happened to them! a Kea probably took them.

Today was a good day, one of my best on this trip, I may have even started to overcome my fear of swing bridges but I am not holding out on that one.

It was a quick trip to Mt. Cook I am leaving in the morning for Christchurch so I am glad that I got to do as much as I did, I would defo recommend the walk I did to anyone the views are stunning!
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