Trip Start Aug 01, 2003
66Trip End Sep 20, 2004
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Friday 7th November
We were so bored at the campsite last night we did a moonlight drive to Timaru, a large town on the east coast with burger bars and coffee shops, a sure sign of civilisation. The coast here is beautiful with some amazing waves. The wind has picked up and it started to rain, time to head inland.
Lake Tekapo on the way to Mount Cook was torquoise, we sat in the Church of the Good Shepherd which has a large window overlooking the lake. The wind howled outside and mini tornados whisked across the water.
Mount Cook was ominously hidden by cloud.
Saturday 8th November
The road to Mt. Cook, highway 80 is fantastic especially on a clear day. The Mountain is hypnotic and you have to be careful to keep some attention on the road.
The Hooker Glacier walk took us past an avalanche area and glacial lake then across on two swing bridges up the river to the end of the Hooker Glacier at the foot of Mount Cook.
We ate lunch with all the other walkers in the wind shadow of a large rock as icebergs floated past us on the lake.
To make the most of the weather we did another two great walks, red tarn and centennial forest, both which gave views of Mount Cook from the other side of the valley.
Totally brilliant day, couldn't be spoilt, not even by watching the All Blacks with 100 drunken Kiwis in fancy dress.
Sunday 9th November
Back to Mount Cook to walk to another glacier, the Tasman. Lunch in Twizel before sunbathing and skimming stones at the lonely Lake Ohau.