As I told you in my previous entry, I had to abandon my plan of going further south to the Fiordland National Park due to heavy flooding.
I decided to visit Mount Cook, New Zealand´s highest mountain at 3724m, and the surrounding lakes instead.
On my way from Queenstown up north, I made a short stop at the Clay Cliffs.
Lake Tekapo was simply breathtaking. I don´t think my iPhone camera ( and my obvious lack of photography skills) can do it justice.
I took a walk around the lake, a short swim in its cold waters and then walked up to the Mt John Observatory for better scenic views.
It is part of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve and a lot of people come here to do stargazing.
Unfortunately, I got there very close to full moon, so I decided against a tour at the Mt John Observatory.
But I might come back at a later stage when we are closer to a new moon phase.
The next day, I decided to pay a visit to Mt Cook or Aoraki how it is called in Maori.
There´s a bunch of different walks and hikes around it that offer great views of its peak and the surrounding glaciers and mountains.
I went up to the Mueller Hut which allowed breathtaking views and was a nice hike of around 1200m of altitude difference.
The next day, I went for a short walk around Lake Pukaki and the Twizel canals. I spotted a nice salmon which got me very excited.
I immediately headed back to town and got myself a rental rod and a license for the day.
Needless to say that I wasn´t lucky enough to catch anything all day long.
I had one fish on but I lost it during the fight.
I lost the battle and had to settle with buying some salmon sashimi at a local salmon farm.
Stay with me to see how my journey continues next week!