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Mar 10, 2017 - The Mighty Mt Cook

Mt Cook It has always been my impression that Mt Cook is a bit like Mt Fuji in that you can be lucky and see it in all it's glory, occasionally. And yesterday we were lucky. It was a few hours driving from Akaroa but nothing we're not used to. It wasn't a particularly remarkable drive through the flat Canterbury plains but it's just good to see it all for ourselves. We stopped for lunch in Fairlie as Marty had a tip off about the pies. It's not often you see a queue stretching right out the door but there was one at the Fairlie bakehouse so...

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Feb 28, 2017 - Beginning the Alps 2 Ocean Bike Trail

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Twizel, New Zealand TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Slow ride…..take it easy……” - Foghat Okay, some of you won’t get that musical reference but for those that do…..it tells the story of the day! What a night last night! Woke up about every 2 hours when our sound machine stopped playing our white noise for some reason. Never could figure it out so Art had to get up every time it stopped and restart it. Then, at 4:30am, the smoke detector decided the battery was done and started chirping….geeze Louise! But we did get some...

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Dec 8, 2015 - Amazing Beauty on Highway 8!

We had a wonderful drive on Highway 8 from Cromwell to Timaru today. Wildflowers were at a peak blooming time all along the highway for hundreds of miles and their colors were breathtaking. We had wonderful viewing the spectular Mt. Cook - the tallest mountain in New Zealand (named after explorer James Cook). With the snow covered peaks and brilliant blue lake in front of it, you can see why a visit to Mt Cook is a major tourist attraction. Sir Edmund Hillary did his Everest training at Mt. Cook and there is an exploration center named for...

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Apr 24, 2015 - Day 2 - Magical Mt Cook

Started the day early, driving in fog, but when it cleared, wow, beautiful clear still day, mountains all around with a touch of snow. First stop was Tekapo, obligatory check out of the Church of the Good Shepherd and the sheep dog statue right on the of the stunning blue lake Next stop was the village where a Flightseeing trip caught my eye. I wanted to do one flight down here somewhere and this looked like the perfect day - what if the weather wasn't this good again? So off I went on the Grand Traverse, flying 200 km over Lake Tekapo,...

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Feb 6, 2014 - Aoraki

Aoraki Or Mount Cook! The highest mountain in New Zealand. We had seen it poking through the clouds from the West coast but now we planned to drive to the national park and see it close up. We drove the same route as yesterday as far as Cromwell where we stopped to buy some freshly packed apricots and greengages and some vegetables for dinner. The route north from Cromwell took us through semi-desert, sparse vegetation and it was very hot. We drove along the Lindis River to the Lindis Pass, wonderful scenery, all brown grass and rounded...

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Feb 12, 2013 - Mt. Cook

We left our beautiful lakeside campsite and drove to Mt. Cook. When we got to the parking lot, driver Mike said to just "follow your nose" up the trail. We went to the toilet, and when we exited we walked straight, saw a trail, followed our noses and started hiking up the trail. Our roundtrip time was 3 hours, so we knew we had to turn around after 1 1/2 hours. After about 30 minutes Sharon mentioned that we were supposed to be following a river valley, and we were ascending up the side of a hill. We turned around and saw another trail....

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Nov 22, 2012 - Mount Cook

Nov. 22 Mt. Cook Oh! Oh! Oh! After the struggles I endured in Queenstown! Readers do you hear the sounds of melodrama, listen close for I exaggerate most! We took a shuttle to Mt. Cook village today and the trip there was worth the whole visit. Mt. Cook is New Zealand’s tallest mountain at 3800 meters and to see it against a backdrop of jagged white peaked ranges plus a foreground of a crystalline azure lake that goes on for unimaginable miles is to feel the spirit of God flitting at your soul. As you drive nearer and nearer this earthly...

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Mar 13, 2012 - Mt. Cook here we come

We left Lake Tekapo & headed toward Mount Cook. We drove around the most beautiful lake that we stopped to photograph several times, Lake Pukaki. The mountains in the distance framed this masterpiece perfectly. As we continued to drive along the Ben Ohua range we saw lots of hawks working the shoreline. We got to the White Horse conservation campground & set up to camp without any power hook ups etc. It was at the base of Mt Cook & the beauty was more than we could take in. The Hooker Valley trail started right there & off we went!  Wow!...

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Mar 8, 2012 - Mount Cook

We woke early- 5.45am. We had a cup of tea and muesli in bed. We started new yoghurt that was so thick the spoon stood in it and I couldn’t shake it off the spoon. Amazing!!! Yummy too!! Lingered in bed because it was toooooo cold outside. Despite good intentions we didn’t get away because I did some washing. Hand washed my new red woollen top, but it went in the dryer with everything else......hope it hasn’t shrunk. We got away by 9.30am and had morning tea at the Pukaki Lake. Gorgeous. We nearly didn’t go to Mt Cook because it seemed that...

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Mar 1, 2012 - Mountains and weather

We left the coast to travel inland to Mount Cook (highest mountain in NZ). On the way we stopped to look at some boulders and inland clay cliffs and to admire (and fish in) bright blue glacial rivers and lakes. The weather had been pretty cloudy, but as we got closer to the mountains the sun came out, the sky turned blue and we took some picture postcard shots of the mountains. After a night at the foot of Mount Cook and some good walks to admire glacial moraine lakes we moved on to Lake Tekapo. By now the weather was HOT for a change. We...

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Jan 18, 2012 - Mount cook and cold lake

What a fantastic drive today. The scenery was so beautiful, the mountains, lakes and countrside were just stunning. We drove to Tepako and stopped by the lake and had a picnic lunch. It was a bit more touristy than when I was here before, some 11 years ago. I remember going in the Church of The Good Shepherd and seeing the picture like view through the stain glass window but the church was empty then, this time we had to queue just to see it. There was also a lady by the entrance standing next to a collection plate. The statue of the...

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Apr 15, 2011 - NZ Day 13, Hooker Valley

Got woke up at 6:45am by the very loud girls tenting down the way, I guess they didn't want anyone else to sleep in either. So we got up with it still raining outside and packed away our tent. Went to the nearby shelter and cooked up some breakfast. Set out and did a 3.5 hour hike to Hooker Valley which crosses a couple of swing bridges to Stocking Stream and the terminus of the Hooker Glacier. After the second bridge, Mt. Cook dominates the valley. It was a great hike, halfway through you stop at an old hut structure used for shelter and...

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