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Greymouth to Fox Glacier
At night you might also want to go glow-worm watching in the forest strip along the Fox highway. It is brilliant! And surely before you leave Fox, you must take a short drive (and long pleasant forest walk) to Lake Matheson; an incredible place to catch Mt Cook from across a long lake surface. It is perhaps one of the most photographed lakes of NZ!Sandeep Nath
Lake Pukaki snow covered hills Aoraki/Mt Cook We stop at the pretty, colourful green-blue Lake Pukaki to view New Zealand‘s highest peak, Mt Cook (12,218ft, 3724m), known also by its original Maori name of Aoraki. In 1991, a rockslide on the summit reduced its height by 10m and created a very jagged peak. It’s always a pleasure to view the mountain and its stunning peak, often shrouded in cloud, but the challenge of many mountain climbers such as the famous Sir Edmund Hilary, conquerer of Mr Everest and my husband Manfred and his climbing colleagues. Aside from its aesthetic beauty, the whole Aoraki/Mt Cook area is an adventure playground for heli-skiing, mountaineering, high glacial walking, hiking, climbing, camping and fishing. On the West Coast side, the massive but beautiful Fox and Franz Josef glaciers sloping off Mt Cook and the nearby Mt Tasman offer many scenic opportunities. These include glacial flights, guided and unguided walks to and on the glaciers, routes for climbing the peaks and much more for both sedate and adventurous travellers. After musing and observing the topography and its playground I took some photos of the snow covered mountain scene in my viewfinder.TeresaGlobalTravels Teresa Lynch
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