Mount Cook, New Zealand

[ 0 ] June 6, 2012 |

Named after the New Zealand’s European “discoverer”, Captain Cook, Mt. Cook is the highest peak in all of New Zealand towering 12,316 feet above sea level.

Man and the Mountain

Traveling north from Cromwell, up through the central plains of the south island, we first found ourselves at the foot of Mt. Cook on the shores of Lake Pukaki.  With its signature glacial fed turquoise waters, Lake Pukaki was the most visually stunning lake we saw in NZ.  Its waters almost seemed to iridize against the sunny skies above.  Out of this world.

Pukaki Lake View on the Way to Mt Cook

Glacier Waters of Lake Pukaki

View of Lake Pukaki in the Rearview Mirror

Hanging out at the Base of Lake Pukaki

The way up to the base of Mt. Cook, is about 55 km one way off the main artery highway 8 that goes to Christchurch.  Arriving at the base of New Zealand’s highest peak was both beautiful and bit anti-climactic.  It was a beautifully sunny day, thankfully, however the top of the mountain was still wrapped with cloud cover thwarting a full viewing experience.   Nonetheless it was worth the two-hour detour and the views of Lake Pukaki couldn’t be beat.

Cloud Covered Mt Cook

Bonnie on the Way to Mt Cook

Mt Cook in the Rearview

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