Mount Cook and the Tasman Glacier

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Deep in MacKenzie country, you can't go too far without coming across bright blue-turqoiuse 'rock-flour' lakes and waterways. And the whole area is powered by hydro-electricity. The need to service the power stations in an otherwise fairly remote area gave rise to the town of Twizel, a purpose-built place that seems to lack any character whatsoever. In fact, after being built in 1968 it was planned to be demolished 15 years later, until the locals realised that they had grown so fond of it they they petitioned for it to stay. Anyway, what it lacks in character it makes up for in scenery and convenience to Lake Tekapo, local skifields and Mount Cook, which was precisely why we were there.


Unfortunately, our chosen day to visit Mount Cook brought dreadful weather (which reminded us of home) but it did take us along the length of the fantastically blue lake Pukaiki.

Mt. Cook from around 30 miles away.
As we got closer to Mt Cook we could see it was totally obscured by the apalling weather, so, hoping in vain that it would clear we had a cup of tea in the Sir Edmund Hilary Centre in Mount Cook village. Luckily enough the info centre directed us a few kilometres away to the Tasman valley. We hiked for an hour or so to see the rubble-strewn Tasman Glacier and the slightly unearlthy grey-green lake filled with icebergs which made the trip worthwhile.


It proved to be more unfortunate timing, as the following day our drive toward Christchurch took us along the southern edge of Lake Pukaiki, and even at over 30 miles away, Mount Cook still cut a dominant figure and we were treated to some amazing views.  Driving past lake Tekapo on our way out of MacKenzie country we stopped for some pictures of the stunning scenery on offer at the Church of the Good Shepherd.

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Mt. Cook  from around 30 miles awa…
Mt. Cook from around 30 miles aw…
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