In the heart of the NZ's Alps
Trip Start Sep 06, 2010
64Trip End Sep 04, 2011
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As the NZ’s weather is hardly predictable, leaving sunny Wanaka did not necessarily mean to arrive into sky blue Mt. Cook village. When almost there, a disturbing view at long ‘cloud arm’ spreading all over the valley was further fuelling my rain-fearing thoughts. Fortunately, the weather cleared out within an hour, revealing fantastic vistas at the surrounding, glacier carved, mountain ranges and valleys. Rising above all other, the majestic, 3,754 m high, Mt. Cook is the undoubtful jewel of this part of NZ
The second day, with the flawless weather and plenty of unburned energy stocked up in Wanaka, I was ready and eager to hike up to the Muller Hut. With the hut nestled, at altitude of 1,800 m.a.s.l., in between glacier covered mountain slopes and overlooking the winding down Muller Glacier, this three hour strenuous hike unfolds perfect views at the Hooker Valley and the glacier of the same name, and resounding waterfalls coming out of the melting glaciers.
On the way back, while meeting all those late-sleepers sweating their way up to the hut, I re-confirmed what was already noticed before that NZ is very popular with Germans. Coming from South America, with its rather limited exposure to German tourists, New Zealand seems to be something like a second home to our Western neighbors. I was really surprised how German can be heard almost everywhere. My personal estimate is that every 3rd visitor here holds German passport. As I was explained the reason for that might be that the Germans like to travel, and that they have money to do it. I think that greedy Kiwis have absolutely no problem with that. I would only appeal on the Germans to send out here also some pretty girls
After boring two days in Wanaka, Mt. Cook was the place, which brought back a fair amount of enthusiasm and pleasure to my NZ journey. This tiny village, which does not even have a grocery store, also happened to be the first destination where I dropped my first two or three magical ‘wow’. What also made a difference was that great weather which is, and be aware of it, rather rare here. Let’s hope the sunny sky will follow me all the way back to Auckland. In summary, as my mood got improved, I am now looking forward to my next NZ adventures.
Greetings from Arthur’s Pass, New Zealand