Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Travel and Review : New Zealand : Mt Cook

Mt Cook, from Lake Pukaki

Image by Baked Beans via Flickr

New Zealand – South Island – Christchurch – Mt Cook 

When I watch road trip movies, it is always a dream to have the experience to actually do it. Just driving along the road to soak in the atmosphere of a brand new land which is so unfamiliar to you just evoke a sense of romanticism.


And so I am off from Christchurch on the way to Mt Cook for the 5 hours drive. You will definitely drive-by a few towns for stops and for once in my life truly appreciate the charms that you get from shopping at such small places.


However, for me the best had to be the awesome views as you underwent your road trip to reach the peak of Mt Cook.

Picture perfect – postcard quality views are the highlight of your road trip from Christchurch to MT Cook.


And when you reach the top, the view is even more amazing.

Once you reach Mt Cook, Hermitage Motel is a rather clean and warm establishment.

You can opt for the hotel instead but then you won’t be able to walk outside your veranda to observe the sun rising.

And from your motel you can have a quick stroll to soak in the majestic nature of the mountain.

For history aficionados there is a small single storey museum that tells you about Sir Edmund Hillary that goes by the same name. Ticket may set you back around NZ$20 plus plus.By the way, if you are heading towards Queenstown from Mt Cook, then do not purchase the items(such as lambskin boots) from the hotel’s shop as it is more expensive. Stop at Omarama which is along the Mt Cook – Queenstown route and you will save tons.


Mt Cook is a must see simply for the view itself. I love it so much because at the end of it , for my holiday travel, what I truly desire is a good rest from my usual hectic lifestyle. And I have to say staying so close to the mountain has actually made that a reality.


Next stop: Queenstown.

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