Winter Holidays 2020: The Hooker Valley Track @Mt Cook

Outch, feet hurting in anticipation! Today is hiking day…

Good Morning at the Twizel Airport!
Getting up at 8, in the car at 9, driving like the fire brigade to be at Mt Cook at 10.
Some frosty impressions from the road side.
Just cold ;)
But the foen wind hat warmed up the air and we headed out to 10° C soon after reaching Lake Pukaki.
Beautiful landscapes on the way.
Perfect road trip.
Typical Aoraki advertising.
Lake Mueller on the start of the Hooker Valley track.
First of 3 swingbridges on the 3.5 hours hike.
Don’t look down tho.
A few HDRs to complement the views.
With the sun looking around the corner.
And one with lots of greenery.
And then this black mountain fairy and her pet polarbear.
Wooden planks part of the track.
Quite a long time over the marsh.
Another swing bridge.
This guy has rolled down a near hill side. Moving more quickly now.
Another bridge that swings.
I mean, there are photo opportunities around every corner…
Just look at this dry bush.
Then, after 1.3 hrs, finally the Hooker Lake.
Half of it is frozen, the wind pushing everything on the southern beach in little cubes.
One of the bigger icebergs.
The only thing topping this would be snow, but the weather stays just fine.
Returning the same way, admiring the slip rock on the mountain flanks.
Through the steel cables of a swing bridge.
The ever changing path.
Last bridge.
Last time to see the Hooker River.
Yellow grass flat with hidden Mt Sefton.
The Alpine Memorial.
Driving out on Mt Cook Road.
The Pukaki flats before the lake starts.
This is where we go ~
Colourful sands.
The weather seems to be changing quickly here.
180 degrees panorama
Lake Pukaki.
Also, just from another angle.
Last time for today! Good night. Hoping for snow tomorrow!