Tallest Mountain in NZ and Tasman Glacier

Trip Start Feb 22, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, March 25, 2011

After Dunedin, we headed to Mt. Cook knowing that this would be the last stop on our grand adventure in the stunning South Island of New Zealand. Mt. Cook is a gamble because if you catch it on a cloudy day there is no Mt. Cook - and this was a 3 hour detour. But luck had been on our side so far so we placed our bets and thankfully won out.

Mt. Cook
Back in the staggering Fiordlands and with clear skies, we were able to appreciate the stunning views of the mountains and the always snow-covered Mt. Cook.  At 3755 meters (12,320 feet), it is the highest peak in Australasia and worth a visit!  That day we hiked to the bottom of its glaciers to have lunch and listened to several small avalanches high above us. That night we had a prime camping spot on the valley floor with views of the mountains and stars all around us. We celebrated one of our last, scenic camping nights with a bottle of New Zealand wine and a delicious vegetable spaghetti.

Tasman Glacier
The next day, we hiked up to a viewpoint of the Tasman Glacier on the other side of the valley.  Even though it is a massive glacier, it is easy to see by the size of its glacial lake that is far less than it once was.  Having fully soaked in the mountains, we headed out along glacier lakes only stopping to have lunch and skip a few stones during our last views of Mt. Cook and the Fiords.

We have REALLY loved living in our little campervan from CampaSouth - it has been our protection, our home, our source of warm meals, and our trusty transportation. We both agree this is truly the best way to travel through New Zealand - it has just been perfect and so much fun. We love our little camper so much - we even named her, "Irene-Marie" - after our grandmoms.

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