Friday, May 11, 2012

A Rare Glimpse of New Zealand's Mt. Cook

Yesterday we left the beautiful lake town of Queenstown and headed north by coach. We made some picture stops along our way to Mt Cook/Aoraki, New Zealand’s tallest mountain. What surprised me was how brown the hills were. I had remembered New Zealand’s south island as mountains and green grass for all the sheep. There was a period where we did not think we were going to see Mt Cook because of fog but in a 5 minute period it lifted and there were blue skies to go along with the blue lake and there are several of them.  Lake Pukaki, as you drive along on your way to Mt Cook has that gorgeous glacier blue green water.

At 12,316 ft., Mt. Cook is New Zealand's tallest mountain

After lunch at the Hermitage, we continued on to Lake Tekapo and saw the Church of the Good Shepard and the bronze statue of the collie dog. In Geraldine, there was a shopping stop before ending the day in Christchurch.

Although it was dark, I took a taxi ride around the area still closed off due to the earthquake damage. I had been told it was 4 blocks of the city center but learned first hand it is a much greater area.

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