Ankie en Job at Lake Pukaki.
In the background you cannot see Mount Cook.
To make it a little easier I show the map of New Zealand.
We arrived in Christchurch (See southern island on the east coast) and now we are somewhat north of Dunedin. On the west coast (it seems but that is not the case) you see the little yellow triangle (Mount Cook). That's the place where we were yesterday.
It's not on the west coast and to visit this place you have to start from the east coast.
After a while we had to cross the river again and there it was, another Dr. Jones hangbridge. Ankie didn't allow me to swing the bridge when she was on it.
Look at the last picture. That's mount Cook, some 3750 high. We were lucky (our guide of the day told us) because there were no clouds around the top of the mountain (clouds are there usually).
Our goal was to climb Mount Cook but now we know that many climbers died on this mountain, and although I am a climber myself, we decided to look at the mountain from the valley.
During our walk up the mountain (well a little bit up) we heared lots of noise and we saw an avalanche. The pics of the avalanche are not OK so, no pics of the avalanche.
We saw beautiful white flowers when we walked along the river. See pic.
On monday we set for Mount Cook. The drive from Geraldine to Mount Cook took us about 4 hours.
On the raod to Mount Cook we came upon Lake Tekapo (or Tepako or whatever) and it was very nice.
On one of the pics here under you see the lake.
Iceblue and beautifull to see. The weather was nice and the road clear.
Somewhere in the afternoon we reached Mount Cook and in Hooker Valley we made camp. I looked everywhere but no single hooker in sight.
It is the only campground in Mount Cook and the only thing they have is a place to park your camper and there are toilets with water. It cost only 6 Euro's for the night.
Right after we arrived we took a hike direction Mount Cook. The first thing you see, apart from the mountains all around us, was a monument for climbers who lost their lives climbing Mount Cook. Apperently it is a tough mountain to climb (Edmund Hillary - no family of Hillary Clinton as far as I know - climbed this mountain a few times) and since the 1970's about 40 climbers died on this mountain. All their names were on the monument.
After the monument we soon arrived at a Dr. Jones hangbridge over the river (water flowing down from Mount Cook) and in the middle of the bridge you can see Ankie.