The massive Mt Cook
Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
189Trip End Mar 16, 2009
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The drive to Mt Cook was little over 3 hours and as usual the weather was cloudy with some rain. The road to Mt Cook is along a huge lake called Lake Pukaki which was created by the pure snow and ice melting from the mountains and glaciers. The lake is a beautiful milky blue and probably would have been even more spectacular if the sun was out.
By the time we arrived at Mt Cook village it was completely overcast and was threatening to rain
True to the weather in New Zealand the wind picked up and within minutes the sky started clearing. We were then treated to a full view of Mt. Cook which was previously shrouded by clouds. It was truly impressive, especially the way the clouds would swiftly pass over the peak and leave little wispy clouds in its wake.
After almost and hour of watching in awe we moved on to the next glacier called Tasman Glacier which is apparently New Zealand's biggest glacier, 29km long and is up to 200m at its head and moves approximately 200m a year. When I arrived at the look out point I was quite surprised by what I saw, it looked more like something you would expect on the surface of Mars. Much of the ice that had moved down the glacier was covered in the grey soil which can be seen on the steep banks of the glacier. Apparently the lake in the photos was been growing as a result of global warming as was not much more than a pond a few years ago. Glad I got to see it when I did!
We unfortunately could not find any accommodation in Mt. Cook village so we headed back down the road to a little town called Twizel to where we would spend the night.