We camped with yet another beautiful view on Lake Pukaki:
Next morning we hiked Hooker Valley (named after the shape – or at least that’s what I told the kids) for a view of Mt. Cook up close. The trails in New Zealand are awesome – great paths, bridges, and not crazy crowded. It’s a wonderful hike and we had some fun helping collect trash on the way back. We captured more than 200 pieces; tissues everywhere (and a sock too)! Here are the A-PUK heros:
A couple views of life at Mt. Cook (yes, those are large blocks of ice in the lake):
A few trivial pursuit items:
- Mt. Cook is also called Aoraki by Mãori people
- Captain Cook named the Southern Alps in 1770
- Every child studies Mãori language in school.
- Freda du Faur, 1st women to ascend in 1910 and Sir Edmund Hillary only did it in 1948 – Ha!