Friday, 2 March 2012

Picture Postcard Perfect

IMG_5375Leaving Tekapo for Twizel we had to cross back over the Canal.

We all set off early in the morning and headed for Twizel.  Boy was it cold, our first real sign of winter to come.  10C when we  awoke and it slowly rose a few degrees during the day. Our plan was to get ourselves sorted and drop off the motorhome and caravans and drive into Mt Cook.  It was a glorious day and Geoff finally had to eat his words as there is a Mt Cook after all, although they had never managed to see it before, despite visiting several times.

IMG_5382Aoraki Mount Cook on a glorious day overlooking Lake Pupaki.

Our destination was to view the $7.5 million Edmond Hilary Alpine Centre at the Hermitage.  Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is a World Heritage Site and covers over 70,000 hectares of beautiful alpine scenery.

IMG_0327Geoff just managed to take this photo of the group before a bus load of tourists made it impossible, left to right, Robin, Jenny, Derek, Pauline, Dot and Geoff.

IMG_5412Mt Cook taken close up from the Hermitage, a small wisp of cloud starting to move onto it.

Edmund Hilary did his training for his ascent of Mt Everest in 1953 on the slopes of Mount Cook. Outside the centre is a statue of Hilary looking at his favourite mountain, opened by him in 2008 prior to his death the same year.

IMG_5890Statue of Edmund Hilary outside the centre looking at Mount Cook.

The day managed to stay fine for us but we had some torrential rain in the afternoon after returning to camp at Lake Ruataniwha.

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