New Zealand 2015

Mount Cook, 28-29 March

 

  Driving from Methven, we went through the high country near Burkes Pass. †
 
  Followed by a stop at Lake Tekapo, to view the scenery and have lunch. †
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  The Church of the Good Shepherd, on the shore of Lake Tekapo. †
 
  The weather deteriorated as we approached Mount Cook village. *
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  We visited the Department of Conservation's Visitor Centre, which has a well designed garden with mountain views. *
  For dinner that evening, we walked up to the Hermitage, a hotel that has been around for many decades. It was very civilized with big glass windows looking towards the mountain. But walking back to our motel, we needed raincoats and umbrella. *
  When we woke the next morning, there was a beautifully clear view of the mountain from our motel unit. †
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  We went for a short walk near the Tasman Glacier, with a good view down the Tasman River valley. †
  The Department of Conservation does not want people to drive beyond the walk's car park, and rental cars are not allowed past this point. †
  We drove to another car park, with good views of smaller glaciers. *
 
  Then the weather closed in again, so we went back to our motel for a rest. †
  By late afternoon, the weather had cleared again, and Mount Cook had a fresh coating of snow ... *
  as did the closer, smaller mountains. *
  Mid evening: Mount Cook and moon. †
  Driving away from Mount Cook, we stopped at a lookout for one last look at Mount Cook over Lake Pukaki. †
  And admired the strange cloud formations. *

Then it was a quite long drive to Kaka Point, in the Catlins area in the south-east corner of the South Island.

 

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