Timaru to Mt Cook

We had a bit of a sleepless night. It started storming at around 2am and I couldn’t get back to sleep for worrying about our trip to Mt Cook today…would the roads be closed? I did go back to sleep after a coule of hours because when the alarm woke me, I didn’t want to get out of the nice warm bed!

Ginny prepared us a nice breakfast at our B&B in the morning. There were a few other people at the table: Bavarians (not Germans, we were told!), Swiss, Canadians and locals from Tauranga. We had a nice discussion of travels past and future.

The Swiss couple had the same car as we do and we hoped to be able to get instructions for ours, but though their car looked the same on the outside, the inside was different. Bummer.

We left Timaru at around 9 and headed west. We had forgotten to fuel up in Timaru, so did that in Fairlie, expecting to pay a lot more, but only paid $2.17 like it was everywhere else we’d seen. We stopped again to buy some electrolytes because we thought our headaches yesterday were caused by dehydration. Seems to have helped.

The first photo stop was at the scenic view just outside Lake Tekapo township:

View from Lake Tekapo Lookout

Next stop was at the Church of the Good Shepherd with the old church with its picture window, and the statue of the dog. The lake itself has that gorgeous green/blue/milky colour that glacial lakes have. It was very hard to capture that colour, but I did manage in a few pictures.

View from Lake Tekapo Church of the Good Shepherd

View from Lake Tekapo Church of the Good Shepherd

View from Lake Tekapo Church of the Good Shepherd

View from Lake Tekapo Church of the Good Shepherd

View from Lake Tekapo Church of the Good Shepherd

We went into the township after this to have lunch and I bought a warmer jacket to wear under my outer jacket – bit chilly up here! There was also a nice view from the back of the township, so I took a couple of photos, including one of my cold sister.

View from Lake Tekapo township

View from Lake Tekapo township

We continued on towards Mt Cook. We stopped at Lake Pukaki, not too far from Twizel, for some beautiful views of the lake and the mountain range behind it.

View of Lake Pukaki

View of Lake Pukaki

View of Lake Pukaki

View of Ela at Lake Pukaki

View of Lake Pukaki from Peter's Lookout

View of Lake Pukaki from Peter's Lookout

We had another stop not far from Mt Cook Village, for some piccies overlooking the Hooker Valley. Quite spectacular.

View across the Hooker Valley

View across the Hooker Valley

We decided to check into our accommodations at Aoraki Court Motel. This was our most expensive room for the whole trip, but it is very nice and we have some great views! Including a good view of The Hermitage hotel (way out of our price range!!).

Views from Mt Cook Village

Views from Mt Cook Village

Views from Mt Cook Village

Views from Mt Cook Village

Views from Mt Cook Village

View of The Hermitage at Mt Cook from Mt Cook Village

After a decent coffee (which we brought with us), we braved the elements (it had been raining on and off) and went to the information centre. It had some interesting displays and information across two levels. We had a bit of a look around here before heading out to do the Glencoe Track behind the Hermitage hotel.

It was snowing now! My sister thought it was rain until I pointed out the snow flakes to her. She was appeased, because she’d never seen snow and I had told her there would be some here. Oops. It was sad for her that it melted immediately, but good for me that I wouldn’t have to drive through snow!

We continued up the Glencoe track nevertheless. It was a bit of a climb through cold rainforest to a lookout over the Village and the Valley. I had to take a picture of the snow covered bench for proof back home!

Views from The Glencoe Track at Mt Cook Village

The Glencoe Track at Mt Cook Village

Snow! On The Glencoe Track at Mt Cook Village

A Slideshow of pictures from this day is here at Google+

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