Friday, 22 March 2013

The Southern Alps

The Southern Alps of New Zealand are the longest and highest mountain range in the country.  They consist of fairly new ranges in comparison to other ranges worldwide, and extend most of the length of the South Island.  As you have seen in some of the pictures I have already posted, you will find ice-blue glaciers, ancient forests, volcanic lakes, greenstone rivers and wide valleys...all which make up an amazing area of natural beauty! Check out two of my favorite areas below:

                   Mount Cook

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

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!

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