Hooker Valley Serviced

We camped with yet another beautiful view on Lake Pukaki:

Freedom Camp Night near Mt. Cook

Freedom Camp Night near Mt. Cook

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:

Americans Picking Up for Kiwis  "A-PUK"

Americans Picking Up for Kiwis “A-PUK”

A couple views of life at Mt. Cook (yes, those are large blocks of ice in the lake):

Aoraki back right

Aoraki back right

Local flora

At Hooker Lake with Aoraki behind us

Hooker Lake with Aoraki behind us

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!

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