Mount Cook, New Zealand
The Aoraki/Mount Cook village sits amongst the sky-scraping peaks, phenomenal glaciers, and permanent snow capped mountains underneath a clear starry sky. The village, provided us with a beautiful lodge and motel that had open windowed restaurants and large swinging doors, easy for us to view the night sky.
Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand, sits high with 28 mountains in the alpine peaking at over 3,052 metres, and hundreds of others making up the famous Southern Alps. With everywhere we went in the village, we were immersed in the mountains. With every hike we did, we were surrounded by the the tallest peaks in the country.
During our day in Mount Cook, we walked the famous Hooker Valley track taking us over three suspension bridges, past alpine streams and glaciers with views of Mueller Glacier, Hooker Lake, and Mount Cook. The track took approximately three hours return and guided us through some of the most incredible alpine scenery including the end point of Hooker Glacier Lake, where the giant icebergs broke away and were seen floating in the lake.
After this walk, we took a short 45 minute return walk up a large flight of stairs to a quick overview of the Tasman Glacier. This quick return track is a must-do for a short pitstop and well-worth it views of yet another beautiful glacier in the Mount Cook/Aoraki Alpine.