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We hit the road early as it was a long drive from Akaroa to Mt. Cook.

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We made a stop at Lake Tekapo for a lunch break.

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We then realized we stopped at the less beautiful part of the lake and stopped again shortly down the road.

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The final way up to Mt. Cook was a beautiful drive. We passed by Lake Pukaki, deep deep blue in colour.

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Mt. Cook is a tiny little village, if you could call it that. After checking in at the hostel we went for a quick hike up to Tasman Lake (Fed from the Tasman Glacier). We then went for dinner at 1 of the 2 restaurants.

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The ice floating on the lake is actually really big.IMG_4962

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The next morning we packed up and checked out early and made our way out  to the other accessible glacier, Hooker Glacier. This was a longer walk (~3hrs) so we put on the hiking shoes and made our way out to Hooker Glacier Lake.

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First of the three suspension bridges.IMG_5016

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A little hut / rest area.IMG_5048

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We were then on the road again and on our way to Queenstown. More rolling hills, plenty of sheep, and some lovely scenic driving and we were there. Well almost, just before Queenstown we hit wine country. Daryl only lasted so longer until we stopped and did a tasting.

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In Queenstown we spent the afternoon planning our days ahead. Also stocked up on groceries. (including TimTams)

Until next time…. 

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