Aoraki / Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand, reaching 3,754 metres (12,316 ft). It consists of three summits, with the high peak spanning a mile long. It lies in the Southern Alps, which is the mountain range that runs the length of the South Island. Mount Cook National Park, was established in 1953, and contains more than 140 peaks standing over 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) and 72 named glaciers, which cover 40 percent of the park's 700 square kilometres (170,000 acres). It is a very popular distination for climbers and hikers, as the park offers a good challenge...but, you can enjoy it as a regular tourist with more than fantastics views and easy day walks, as Mount Cook Village is easy to get around.
The Remarkables, located in Otago, are clearly visible from the nearby town of Queenstown. Located on the southeastern shore of Lake Wakatipu, the range lives up to its name by rising sharply to create an impressive backdrop for the waters. The area offers a wide range of activities to choose from in all seasons!
We are now just days away from Bluff, the official end of the Te Araroa Trail! What an incredible journey it has been. I'm very excited to get back home to Melody and family...and of course, the trail food will be happily tucked away for while!
I will be posting another blog once we have finished...until then...enjoy!