Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo exploration

We made our way down to Mount Cook National Park area and camped right at the base. In Glentanner Holiday Park Mount Cook.

 Noah on a snowy road in Mount Cook National Park

Noah on a snowy road in Mount Cook National Park

This campsite was one of the upscale sites that had a cooking, shower and lounge facility.  We were pretty stoked because it was so cold outside and rainy. We got to hang out in the lounge that was heated by a fire and actually cook our food in the light with proper equipment. We pretty much hung out all day in the lounge, reading and drinking wine. Ryan almost burned his hair off trying to get the fire going. 

We met a friend there from Canada (shout out to B!) and had a delicious homemade meal of baked beans, hot dogs and green beans! This night was one of the coldest and rainiest nights for us in Noah. It got down to about 2 degree C.

 Road in Mount Cook National Park

Road in Mount Cook National Park

 View from Mountaineer Cafe

View from Mountaineer Cafe

Sept 7th: We awoke that morning. I had a hard time sleeping because it was raining so hard and the noises outside kept me awake. The amazing thing about New Zealand is that there's seriously nothing poisonous here that can kill you. I find great comfort in that while camping! 

We drove into to Mount Cook National Park for a bit with the intention to go on a hike. Unfortunately we had some bad weather coming in and were unable to go. We decided to start making our way back down to Christchurch via Highway 79 and SH 1. We stopped at Lake Tekapo on the way and viewed it from top of a nearby observatory. 

 Lake Tekapo from observatory

Lake Tekapo from observatory