Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook

Trip Start Sep 24, 2008
Trip End Jun 20, 2009

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

19.05.09: We got our new wheels this morning. We do not forget Marilyn obviously but we are happy with our new Toyota Corolla! Sean wants to call her Betsy...I think it is too boring! We drove in the suburbs of Christchurch, near Sumner and went up the hill to have a great view of the whole bay and the harbour (Y a d'la bobine P'pa!!) We continued our drive toward like Tekapo, a beautiful lake with amazing colours with the snowy mountains in the background. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy day. When we arrived in Mt Cook at dusk, it was starting to snow!!!  

20.05.09: Today, we put a few layers of clothes in order to brave the cold in the Mt Cook valley! We started by doing all the walks in the Tasman valley: the blue lakes (which are the same colours as lake Tekapo) and Tasman glacier. It was amazing to see the glaciers and the icebergs floating on the lake. It is sad though to see the damage of global warming and see that the glacier looses 0.5% of its volume each year. In the afternoon, we walked to Kea Point, where you have a great view of all the mountains, especially Mt Cook (3,700m).  

The top was cloudy though. On our walk back, it started to snow so we were happy to have a warm tea at the end. While I am typing, the snow is getting heavier. We will need to be kept updated on the weather conditions (Jérome et Christine, Linder's path est bloqué par la neige. Route populaire mais pas sur votre itineraire dc merci pr le bon planning les amis!!!)
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