Posted by: lindsaygoes | November 28, 2015

New Zealand: Mount Cook

The next day we drove to Mount Cook. On the way we stopped at the Moeraki boulders, Oamaru and some scenic viewpoints. Unfortunately we were too early to visit the Steampunk HQ museum, but the train engine outside was pretty impressive.

Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand

Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand

Driving to Mount Cook, New Zealand

Driving to Mount Cook, New Zealand

When we got the Mount Cook we visited the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center and watched a 3D film, which gave a tour around the Mount Cook area, which was pretty interesting. From the Alpine Center we went on an Argo tour (an all terrain and amphibious vehicle) which took us bumping along some side tracks to a fantastic view point which looked over the Tasman Glacier. We could see the boats and icebergs below, tiny in the distance.

Argo Tour, Mount Cook, New Zealand

Argo Tour, Mount Cook, New Zealand

Tasman Glacier, Mount Cook, New Zealand

Tasman Glacier, Mount Cook, New Zealand

After our tour, we had a walk along the Hooker Valley Track which had some great views, and some amazing plant life along the track. I didn’t make it the full length of the track, because it was getting a bit late in the day, and I didn’t want to get caught on the track when it got dark.

Hooker Valley Track, Mount Cook, New Zealand

Hooker Valley Track, Mount Cook, New Zealand

We had one more activity before we left Mount Cook, but before that we cooked up a dinner of bacon and eggs in the campervan, surrounded by the stunning views of the national park.

Our final activity was stargazing. We first had an introductory planetarium session, and then headed outside. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t co-operating so we finished up early and drove back to our campsite for the night. It was a fantastic spot, surrounded by native bushland and wildlife (although most of it was introduced rabbits).

 

 

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