Mountains and Lakes of New Zealand

Mount Cook (known as Aoraki in native Maori) is the highest mountain in New Zealand; it is part of a mountain range called the Southern Alps that run the length of the South Island. At 3,754 metres (12,316 ft) this peak is as high as some of the higher peaks in the Canadian Rockies. The guide books say that it is rare to see the peak of Mount Cook, because it is usually shrouded in cloud. We got a fortunate breathtaking glimpse of the mountain and its reflection in Lake Pukaki.

Just a few hours from Christ Church are mountain lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. That was our first destination with the motorhome. We were there in the spring so the mountain tops were still covered in snow; making for amazing scenery with wildflowers in the valleys and a snow cover peaks in the background. The first campground was nothing special, but the view was spectacular!

The campground overlooked Lake Tekapo. We were surprised to see people water skiing on this lake, we thought the water would be cold, but apparently for the Kiwi, it was tolerable. Within walking distance was the trailhead for a path to Mount John. At the peak of Mount John is an observatory for viewing the night skies in the southern hemisphere. We took the 45 minute hike to the peak of Mount John and enjoyed a panoramic view of Lake Tekapo and the surrounding mountains.

As we continued our drive through the mountains, Lake Pukaki was very calm and showing beautiful reflections. We stopped for lunch with a rare view of Mount Cook. Brian discovered how to take panoramic pictures with our camera so, we took lots of time enjoying the view and taking pictures.


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2 Responses to Mountains and Lakes of New Zealand

  1. Aunt Jackie and Uncle Bob says:

    Thinking of you all. Sounds like you are having an amazing experience. Meg is coming home tonight and tomorrow we will know if they are having a boy or a girl.

    Aunt Jackie

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