Aoraki and Tasman Glacier

After waking up in a boiling hot tent, with beautiful weather outside, we headed away from Lake Tekapo and further into the mountains to Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. The whole journey was absolutely stunning, with amazing glacial blue lakes and snow capped mountains all the way.

Lake Pukaki Mount Cook New Zealand Hobbit Landscape Scenery Mountains Adventure

Lake Pukaki with Mt Cook in the background

A bit of Hobbit trivia, Mt Cook was the Lonely Mountain and Lake Pukaki was Laketown in the 2nd and 3rd Hobbit movies πŸ™‚

Mount Cook New Zealand Hobbit Landscape Scenery Mountains Adventure

Mount Cook New Zealand Hobbit Landscape Scenery Mountains Adventure

We headed up to Mt Cook village and took a look around the visitor centre. The whole village was very modern and the visitor centre was almost a museum, full of artefacts and history of the mountain and the mountaineers who first conquered it. We had a look at a few maps and decided to head up to Tasman Lake with views of Tasman Glacier.

Tasman Glacier Mount Cook New Zealand Hobbit Landscape Scenery Mountains Adventure

Tasman lake is this colour because of the ‘glacial flour’ in it, this is rock that has been churned up by the glacier.

Tasman Glacier Mount Cook New Zealand Hobbit Landscape Scenery Mountains Adventure

Tasman Glacier Mount Cook New Zealand Hobbit Landscape Scenery Mountains Adventure

The glacier edge, it was darker than I expected due to the rocky deposits all over it!

Tasman Glacier Mount Cook New Zealand Hobbit Landscape Scenery Mountains Adventure

A random pool of the bluest water!

Tasman Glacier Mount Cook New Zealand Hobbit Landscape Scenery Mountains Adventure

You can do kayak and boat tours that take you up to icebergs in the lake that have calved off the glacier.

Tasman Glacier Mount Cook New Zealand Hobbit Landscape Scenery Mountains Adventure GoPro

Too many beautiful views to pose for photographs ❀

Tasman Glacier Mount Cook New Zealand Hobbit Landscape Scenery Mountains Adventure Lake Pukaki Hobbit

Some unusual cloud formations around too…

One for my Irish friends and family πŸ™‚

I can honestly say that this area of New Zealand is now my favourite (an accolade I thought Kaikoura could never loose!). It has the most breathtaking scenery and beautiful dark skies, I never wanted to leave!

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