Back To Mt. Cook

Trip Start Feb 13, 2012
Trip End Sep 26, 2012

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Mt. Cook Backpackers

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Monday, September 10, 2012

I am behind again so please be patient while I catch up with my entries.

The reason I decided to leave Queenstown today was because Rob – the driver I had had on the south part of my trip would be driving the way up north and as I knew and liked him I decided that I would leave when he did… Rhi also felt the same way and so when half past 8 rolled around she also got on the bus that was to take us out of town and back up north.

First stop Mt. Cook.

Well technically our first stop was actually Cromwell, but you get the idea. As we were driving around the lake on the way up to Cromwell Rob plugged in the microphone and got Rhi to tell the story of the Deco flasher – I've told you all about that right? Well this morning it was on the front of the local Southland Times haha, Rhi of course had to buy one. But, back to the story, so everyone was laughing and joking about the flasher and for the rest of the day whenever Rob thought we were getting a bit quiet he would shout into his headset 'Oh My God There’s A Cock On The Floor’ hahaha.

No big stops on the way up to Mt. Cook, pretty much just a toilet one in Omarama, and then one for food in Twizel, lunch was again had by the head of Lake Pukaki.

Now when Rhi and I were here with the Coco camper a few weeks ago, it was freezing, this time it was freezing and absolutely bucketing it down, and when we reached the village it turned out that it had been snowing recently too – there was a good covering of at least a couple of inches around the whole place.

I suppose snow is a good thing in winter though, but as it was now technically spring and I was no longer in Queenstown I just did not care for it, what I did care for however was going to the Edmund Hillary Centre which is situated at The Hermitage hotel a 15 minute walk away from where we were staying – quite a distance considering we were staying in the village – stupid spread out village.

Suffice to say, Rhi, Kate (a girl off the bus) and I got drenched walking over there, but it was well worth it, the museum was great, and the 3D video we got to see would have been awesome had we been able to see it in 3D – Unfortunately for us we could only see it in 2D because one of the projectors was broken or something, but it was still good and the guy that puts it on was really lovely, had a chat to us and everything beforehand – but I guess he had the time to do that as there was only 3 of us that wanted to watch it.

The film was all about the national park and parts of it were all acted out in 1940’s clothes, including a scene where some people climbed Mt. Cook wearing what they would have done in the past… even a woman in a full skirt – mental!

It was raining even harder when we left The Hermitage, so it was good that the hostel we were staying at had very hot water, I would have taken full advantage of the fact that they had baths in the ensuites but as we all know that would have meant I was gonna be in there for a good few hours, and I was really hungry, so a shower it was.

As part of the package that Rhi, Kate and I bought when we arrived here, a meal in the bar was included so we partook of some really yummy food, Rhi had a massive steak, I had a Venison pot pie and Kate had the biggest plate of ribs that I have ever seen in my life, and she caned the whole lot in record time!

The rest of the night was pretty tame, just some drinks with a few other girls off the bus and Rob, but everyone was tucked up in bed by half 10 as we had an early start in the morning.

Just before I went to bed I had a quick look outside the window to see what the weather was doing, I was hoping to be able to do the Hooker Valley track in the morning, and rain was not conducive to this, however it was off for a very different reason, the rain had stopped, but only because it was now too cold for rain and it was snowing quite heavily :)
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