Bright blue water of Lake Pukaki
Favorite thing: The bright blue water of Lake Pukaki is simply amazing to watch. Apparently, the colour is due to the reflection of sunlight when it hits the particles within the water which flows down from the snow-capped mountains.
Super views of Mount Cook and other mountains
Favorite thing: During the helicopter ride which I took, we landed on a cliif area of a mountain across the valley of Mount Cook. This cliff offers super views of Mount Cook and other mountains of the Mount Cook National Park as well as offer us some fun playing with the snow.
The Southern Alps
Favorite thing: Mount Cook National Park is part of a mountain range in the south island of New Zealand known as the Southern Alps which run across the length of the island. Mount Cook is the highest mountain and it is named after the famous explorer Captain James Cook.
Sheeps, sheeps, everywhere .....
Favorite thing: When we are heading towards the Hermitage Hotel at Mount Cook, there was a big herd of sheeps blocking the coach and it took a short while to remove them from the road. Managed to take some photos of this interesting incident.
The general area
Favorite thing: Melting snow from the glaciers and mountain peaks gives the lakes their distinctive turquoise blue colour. Lake Tekapo lies in the centre of the region and it is here that the hydro electric canals begin to channel the water into electricity for New Zealand. Canals built throughout the 1970's link the lakes with the dams and also provide fresh water for the farming of salmon. Rivers wind through the high country plains to the Waitaki River system and offer great opportunities for fishing and four wheel drive safaris.
In the region
Favorite thing: Hidden in the mountains are magnificent glaciers including the famous Tasman Glacier which, at twenty-seven kilometres in length, is one of the longest glaciers in the world to be found outside the polar regions.