Lake Punaikaki and More Mount Cook

Trip Start Aug 31, 2008
Trip End Sep 15, 2008

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

09/09/08 - L

We paid a holiday park so we could have hot showers and I blew dry my hair which was the first time in ages!! We then drove to Lake Pukaki which is a bright, clear blue colour due to the 'rock flour' or sediment in the water from glaciers rubbing the basin of the lake as they drift past. The sediment refracts the brilliance of the sun, hence outstanding clear colour. We then drove onto The Mt Cook National Park where we had to pay for the first time to stay on a campsite!
10/09/08 - L

We had an early start as the weather was magnificent and the views of the snowcapped mountains were amazing. We headed out on the Kea Point walk where you see Mt Cook in the distance, Mueller Glacier in the foreground with some bright blue sink holes on the surface. We then met a couple from Oz and chatted about town planning to them and Tom's future career! After lunch we did another walk to the Tasman Glacier View Point. This glacier is the biggest in New Zealand even though it looks like a giant quarry due to lots of rubble being spread over its surface.  We then headed to Lake Tekapo to sleep.

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