New Zealand Adventure: Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

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If you missed it, we just got back from a great holiday in New Zealand. We started off in the North Island spending time in Auckland and Hobbiton, flew down to the South Island and did some hiking.

After our hike up Mount Sunday, we drove to Lake Tekapo and stayed the night on a farm in Burkes Pass. Our arrival the night before in the dark didn’t inspire us, but it was awesome to wake up to such a beautiful view the next morning. Just was we were leaving there was a herd of sheep moving pastures, coming right for our car like a wave. We weren’t sure what to do so we pulled off to the side of the road and watched as they moved around us. Oliver was so excited!

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We stopped to see Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd in the daylight. It’s hard to describe how it feels to be surrounded by huge mountains on all sides and even harder to capture it in a photo. Our lunch spot was just a lookout on the lake, but it gave us time to drink in the fresh mountain air and for Oliver to collect and throw some rocks.

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Aoraki/Mount Cook National park has the tallest peaks in New Zealand, the tallest being Aoraki/Mount Cook itself at 3,724 meters. This national park was where Sir Edmund Hillary completed his first major climb and where he trained for his climb up Everest.

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We chose to walk two of the tracks that weren’t too difficult or long with the kids. The first was the Tasman Glacier walk which involved climbing about 200 stairs to get to the view (not easy with a baby on your back). The second was the beginning of the Hooker Valley track so we could see Aoraki/Mount Cook. We spent the whole day driving and climbing around beautiful mountains and we couldn’t have been happier!

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