Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Mount Cook Adventure

For our 5th wedding anniversary we decided to go on an adventure - to Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook.

We left early on Saturday morning, hoping and praying that the weather would be good. It was a 4.5 hour drive to Tekapo and a further 1 hour to Mount Cook Village where we stayed at The Hermitage Hotel ( ).

The weather turned out to be superb. The drive was scenic and took us past Geraldine, Lake Tepako and Lake Pukaki.

We stopped off at Lake Tekapo to take in the views and visit the historic church on the shores of the lake.

There were wildflowers, especially lupins, everywhere and the colours were glorious.

From Tekapo we headed out to the shores of Lake Pukaki to meet with our helicopter pilot - we had booked an hours trip over the mountains and round the peak of Mount Cook - our anniversary treat! It was a totally amazing ride and the views were stunning - hard to explain just how blue the water in the lakes and rivers was - perhaps the pics will do it more justice?

Helen with Mount Cook in the background:-

On top of the world...

Views, views, views...

The landing site by the salmon farm...

At the hotel there was a stunning view of Mount Cook - our bedroom had huge windows which were filled by the view of Mount Cook. Outside there was a statue of Edmund Hillary looking out towards Mount Cook...

We drove back on Sunday and went via the Geraldine Motor Museum - it was small but lots of cool cars.. here's one for my brother Mike... ;-)

All in all it was a superb weekend and we'll be back when the resorts are open for skiing/boarding next year.

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At 12:36 AM, Blogger MC said...

Looks absolutely smashing. Bset of luck ,and please keep us posted. chantelle


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