Apart from eating places which will be covered in the next post, let’s quickly go through what we did in and around Mount Cook. Well, Mount Cook is not really a place to go to if you wanna skydive, paraglide or shop. There is nothing much up in the mountains, which is why we made our way to the nearest larger town, Twizel, a 45-min drive away. But if you are a scenery kinda person, Mount Cook’s awesome. Unlimited views of the majestic snow-capped mountains. Whistles ‘take my breath away’.
Hike up to Kea Point
We woke up to catch the sunrise, but failed terribly. The sun was, we believe, above the horizon, but the mountains blocked our view. Anyhow, we then decided to track up to Kea Point after exploring the small Mount Cook village. It’s hard to get lost as the trail is well weathered. If you are worried, just use whatever’s around you as breadcrumbs.
Do note that some parts of the trail are narrow and slippery due to the morning dew. Be careful when you cross some parts of the valley filled with large boulders. Tip: be in good track shoes. After a one-hour, relatively relaxing walk, we arrived at our destination.
We, as usual, starting taking our we-fies (group selfies) and took a hurried stroll back to the village as we were hungry. We made our way to Twizel for food, explored the quiet town and picked up some groceries at Four Square for our dinner. See pictures below:
Town of Twizel
Stargazing at Mount Cook
Why? You are (slightly) nearer the sky. The place is completely dark late at night – no leak from street lamps, nothing. Maybe some light from the occupied rooms, that’s all. Download a free stargazing augmented reality app and appreciate the little tiny flickering bits in the sky. We saw Mars! If you were to go Mount Cook, pray for a cloudless night. Heard it rains often in NZ.
Click here to return to the main content page on my trip to New Zealand.