A Quick Tour of the South Island: Mount Cook 

My absolute favorite part of New Zealand is the Mount Cook area. With amazing hikes, blue lakes and snowy mountains…what’s not to love?


Pictured above is Lake Pukaki. On the drive to Mount Cook, you suddenly see turquoise water glistening in the distance. (Yes the water is actually that bright turquoise!) 

Along the drive by the lake there are a few stopping points to pull off and park your car to get beautiful views of the lake. 
Once you reach the Mount Cook town there is not much to do other than hike and go to the tiny museum that is in the isight center. There are only two places to eat: the very expensive hotel and the also expensive Old Mountaineers Cafe…that does have good hot chocolate. But I would highly recommend bringing your own food to eat. 

There is a hostel and a few other mountain cabins to stay at in the town. You can also camp up the road towards the hike tracks. 

The famous track at Mount Cook is called the Hooker Valley Track. It is a very easily walked track for anyone and is beautifully maintained. 

I recommend to hike this track early in the morning…even hike at sunrise. The track gets extremely crowded throughout the day when the tour buses arrive…so just be warned! 

Along the track there are awesome bridges and wooden tracks to walk on above the ground. If you are lucky, you might spot a bunny or two hopping along especially early in the morning. 
Finally once you have made it through the valley you will see the spectacular Mount Cook. 

The giant snowy mountain is absolutely breathtaking. And this view below is my favorite view in New Zealand:

With views of the icebergs floating in the rushing water it was the perfect start to any day! 
After the Hooker Valley Track head over to Tasman Glacier Lake for a quick hike up the steps to the glacier. 

The lake was once a huge glacier but sadly has melted away and now is a lake. 

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