Mt. Cook/Mt. Aspiring/Lake Pukaki
Once we got Vandalf fixed, we felt like we were wild and free!! We got moving pretty quickly after we were given the all clear from the mechanic. From Greymouth, we made our way to one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Lake Pukaki. As some of my friends know (they recieved a video of me yelling “It’s so blue!!”) it was in fact, very blue. I didn’t know water could actually be the color that Lake Pukaki is without photoshop. As an added bonus, we had a spectacular view of Mt. Cook the entire time we were there (which ended up being a week, with some trips in between). It was like looking at one of those beautiful nature calendars. All the time. Amazing. I could talk about this place forever, but lucky you, I’ll move on.
We drove to Mt. Cook from Pukaki, and camped there for one night. The weather was pretty rainy and cloudy once you got within the mountain range, but we did get a nice sunset, so that was neat. That night, we actually encountered Kia’s for the first time! They’re alpine parrots that are so incredibly clever and destructive to vehicles. They can create their own “tools” to tear things off of you car like the rubber in your windows, or parts of your bumper! I got out once because they kept picking at something near our front tire! They’re so cool and creative, but also SO annoying when you’re trying to sleep, and they’re trying to dismantle your vehicle.
From there we took a couple days to get to Mt. Aspiring! We camped at a place called “Kreep Camp” which had such a gorgeous view of Aspiring and a river that flowes from the melting snow/glaciers. We did the Rob Roy Glacier Trail and got some amazing views of the glaciers and many waterfalls/streams coming from them. Since we were waiting on some of our guests to arrive, we decided to squeeze in a quick hike to a hut near Glenorchy (on the end of the Queenstown lake). This was another one of my favorite places. We ended up doing the hike in the rain (2 hours mind you) and on Valentine’s Day (Which we both forgot about until about half way Seth says, “Oh, hey I think it’s Valentine’s Day. Happy Valentine’s Day!”) It was a damp and cold one, but we made it! About an hour after we got there, the rain cleared and we had gorgeous weather (really...). Still, I adored the view from that hut (even more when I got dry clothes on, and food in my belly) and would go back many more times if I could.
Our guests arrive soon! YAY!