|The car park for the Hooker Valley walk at the foot of the mountains|
|Paddling in the icy waters|
|Aoraki Mt Cook with glacier melting into the lake below|
After lunch we retrace our steps and as its fairly early we head across to Lake Tasman a short drive away. It takes about an hour to walk across the litchen covered moraine and up a hill to view the Lake and glacier. Here there are a lot more icebergs and the glacier is on a much bigger scale. Quite a chilling spot.
|The Observatory on the top of Mount John over Lake Tekapo|
The next day we drive up to the top of Mount John and walk around the Observatory buildings looking down on the town before heading back to Christchurch. The evening skies have had a layer of cloud so star gazing’s not been an option over the w/e but I’m sure we’ll be back.