Snowed In

Trip Start Jan 24, 2009
Trip End Dec 08, 2009

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Flag of New Zealand  , Canterbury,
Friday, July 3, 2009

Well, what can we say about Mount Cook apart from it was very, very white!

Our guidebook had recommended taking the time to stop and look at the vivid colours of the adjoining glacier lakes on the way up to Mount Cook Village. To be honest, just locating the lakes would have been a small feat due to the very low cloud cover so if anyone out there knows where they are....

When eventually we got to Mount Cook Village (which is pretty small and in the middle of nowhere), the snow decided it was going to land in force - it was a complete white-out with snow a good 3 or 4 feet in places. We're sure Mount Cook was out there somewhere but to be frank, in the two days we were there someone could have stolen it and we wouldn't have been the wiser.

On our second day there, I borrowed a pair of snowshoes and finally got to use my new walking poles. I set off into the snow trying to get to a view point called Kea Point which overlooks the glaciers at the foot of Mount Sefton. Walking in snowshoes after such a large snowfall was great fun especially when there was no-one else around; it was quite literally like walking in a very quiet winter wonderland - everything covered in snow and hawfrost and deadly silent. In total, I was probably out for about 7 hours and came back absolutely knackered from trudging through knee-deep snow even with the snowshoes on.

We stayed in a mountain lodge, in sight of the very posh hotel around the corner. As it was super warm Louise decided she was going to hole up there for the two days. That's not completely fair I suppose as she did venture out on the last day to help dig the car out of the snow and try and put the snow chains on!

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