From Lake Tekapo, we took a day trip to Aoraki / Mount Cook, the highest mountain peak in New Zealand. The 104 km drive into Mount Cook National Park hugs the edge of the beautiful Lake Pukaki most of the way and with the Southern Alps in the near horizon, scenic does not quite describe it! I still can’t lift my jaw off the ground over the opaque turquoise colour of the lakes in this part of the world, which we learned is caused by fine, glacier-ground rock particles held in suspension. Wouldn’t you rather be told it’s old magic?
When we arrived at Mount Cook National Park, I immediately envied the 200-300 people who live in a village within the national park. I imagine life never ceases to be wonderful if you have blue sky, lush green trees, rolling hills, and snow-capped mountains in your backyard.
Photos by Arnold Hozana