We left a very cold and lovely Wanaka and started our journey to Mount Cook. Unfortunately, due to the rental agreement we have with the camper van hire company, we couldn’t take the most direct route towards Mount Cook. Instead, we double backed on ourselves and headed towards Mount Cook via a road we had already been on – the Lindis Pass.
The pass was very different from when we last traversed it. All of the snow had melted! It was still an impressive sight to see, but a little disappointing without the snow. Still, onwards to Mount Cook.
Our journey to New Zealand’s highest mountain took us past the spectacular Lake Pukaki.
Lake Pukaki runs all the way from the base of Mount Cook down to a wee town called Twizel. For all of the movie nerds reading this blog (oh wait, that’s just me!), the Laketown scenes from The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies were filmed at the Twizel end of Lake Pukaki.
The holiday park that we are staying in for the next two days is about 20Km away from the base of Mount Cook. Needless to say, the views of the mountain and surrounding range are stunning.