New Zealand: Mount Cook National Park

Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

You can usually tell if I like shooting something or not based on the number of photos I take, so whittling this down to 19 photos was a real chore.  Mount Cook should be at the top of everyone's New Zealand itinerary as the area around there is just unreal.  I think it was the idea I originally had when I first wanted to go to NZ. So after a little storm whipped through the Lake Pukaki area it turned into a real storm downpour as we got into the mountains.  No fun.  We stayed at the Hermitage Hotel which was nice, but food options there were a giant ripoff.  That and it is seriously tour bus central, if the idea of thousands of people getting off the bus and crowding you gives you anxiety...well you're out of luck because there really isn't any other options.  Ahh Monopolies...but we ended up getting upgraded to a better room because someone was already living in our room and had lots of bikes.  Odd.

As luck would have it, we woke up the next day to a gorgeous blue sky, the most vivid I think I've ever seen.  It was also hot, so we got going early and took a boat trip out to see some icebergs.  I was probably most excited about this as I love shooting glaciers and icebergs for some reason.  So after we did some boating we decided to go on the Hooker Valley Track which was easily the most photogenic hiking I've ever done.  Granted I don't do a whole lot of hiking, but it'd be tough to top this.  Enjoy!

...continued from part six

Mount Cook National Park South Island New Zealand
Mount Cook National Park South Island New Zealand
Mount Cook National Park South Island New Zealand
Mount Cook National Park South Island New Zealand
Mount Cook National Park South Island New Zealand
Mount Cook National Park South Island New Zealand
Mount Cook National Park South Island New Zealand
Mount Cook National Park South Island New Zealand
Mount Cook National Park South Island New Zealand
Mount Cook National Park South Island New Zealand
Mount Cook National Park South Island New Zealand
Mount Cook National Park South Island New Zealand
Mount Cook National Park South Island New Zealand
Mount Cook National Park South Island New Zealand
Mount Cook National Park South Island New Zealand
Mount Cook National Park South Island New Zealand
Mount Cook National Park South Island New Zealand
Mount Cook National Park South Island New Zealand
Mount Cook National Park South Island New Zealand

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  • JO - Hi Ian, Love the New Zealand pictures! We are going there in a month, and were wondering if you could tell us a little about the Mt. Cook area. Your photos there are gorgeous, especially the ones with the river stream, suspension bridge over it and Mt. Cook in the background. Could you tell me how you got to that spot? We are doing the glacier lake boat trip (which, it looks like you did as well). Is that spot with the bridge just a short walk away from Tasman lake?

    thank you!!

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