NZ2020: Day 16, Aoraki/Mt Cook to Christchurch

February 9, 2020

After the beautiful views of the mountains the previous night, we awoke to even clearer skies and a view of Aoraki/Mt Cook from our Chalet window.

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Aoraki/Mt Cook from our room

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Wider view from the Chalet balcony

We visited the the museum, which had informative displays of Maori culture:

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natural history:

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Geology of Aoraki Mt Cook

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Some of the rocks

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A rock from the top of the mountain

and art related to the mountains:

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paintings

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windows

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After one last look at these beautiful mountains we began the drive back to Christchurch.

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Last look at Mt Sefton and Aoraki/Mt Cook from the parking area.

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Our route to Christchurch.

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Clear view back up Hooker Valley

Photo stop:  The Southern Alps rose clear and shining in the cloudless sky above the stunning aqua blue waters of Lake Pukaki.

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Lake Pukaki, Southern Alps

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Zoom in on Aoraki

I continued to watch the mountains out the bus window:

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Southern Alps still in view

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View across Lake Tekapo, with the white peak of Aoraki still visible above the mountains on the left.

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Golden grasslands and lower mountains as we continued eastward.

After lunch in Geraldine, we continued east, sharing last stories with our guide, as he gave us tips about some locations we might visit during our next two weeks.

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Vintage car in Geraldine

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Crossing the wide braid plain of the Rakaia River as we approached Christchurch

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Once in Christchurch, we rented a car, checked into our motel, found a laundromat and grocery store, and were ready to continue our adventures. Tomorrow we would explore nearby Akaroa Harbour.

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Meanwhile, notifications on my cell phone pull me back into news of the day…

2 thoughts on “NZ2020: Day 16, Aoraki/Mt Cook to Christchurch

  1. Pingback: NZ2020: Day 15, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park | Margaret Quilts

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