After sorting out our house, we decided to take a quick weekend trip down to Mount Cook Village… because we live just a drive away now. One of the most memorable places from our last NZ adventure, Mount Cook is incredibly beautiful and even more breathtaking the second time around.
Driving to Mount Cook from Christchurch leads you through the beautiful countryside and rolling hills of the Canterbury region (imagine lush green pastures filled with crazy numbers of cows and sheep), then through Tekapo with a beautiful lake surrounded by purple lupins. All of this is stunning in itself…but nothing quite prepares you for the bluer than blue water of Lake Pukaki with the snow-capped Mount Cook range sitting right behind it. Mount Cook sits proudly in the middle, with a pointy summit unlike any other mountain I have seen.
‘Aoraki’ is the Maori name for Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, meaning ‘Cloud Piercer’ – James and I are actually so lucky in that we are yet to see Mount Cook covered in cloud, we’ve always seen it reaching up into clear skies.
This has to be one of my favourite places in New Zealand, if not of all the countries I have visited so far. It’s hard to put into words the beauty of this place – the glaciers, the blue waters, the distant sounds of avalanches high up in the range and the star filled skies at night. I read an article where Mount Cook is described as being as technical as Everest; it’s powerful, strong and not to be messed with. If you ever need a pinch back to reality or a reminder of the insignificance of your day to day worries – head here.