Sunday, August 28, 2016

new zealand - part three:

Hooker Lake + Aoraki/Mount Cook

My last post from my little NZ collection and this is one is pretty epic, featuring New Zealand's tallest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook. 

Having not being in the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park for a very long time, Andrew and I wanted to have a closer look and complete some walks amongst the incredible scenery. 
Upon our arrival in the early evening we could not see a thing due heavy rain and fog. I was little worried, I must admit! However once morning broke, we were super lucky as the clouds started to part and the mountains began to reveal themselves.

The Hooker Valley track in particular was a stunning and easy walk (approx. 3hr return), allowing us to get up to Hooker Lake where we had a clear view of Aoraki/Mount Cook - and some icebergs that had broken off from the glacier. I highly recommend the Hooker Valley walk, as it is one of the easiest and most rewarding walks we have completed on our travels.

Later that afternoon we took a boat trip on the Tasman Lake and got up close to the Tasman Glacier (it's a bit of a touristy thing, but it was fun!), which was an amazing experience and one that I didn't think I could have unless we visited somewhere like Iceland.

That's it from that trip. In a couple of weeks time we are off to NZ again and will be visiting some new areas yet again. Stay tuned for that!

Next: Hello baby boy! An update on what's been happening and a nursery sneak peek.

Hooker Valley

Tasman Lake + Glacier

Lake Pukaki

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