Mt Cook national park

So this is where our first major trip alterations were made because we now have a baby. We had booked a night in the Meuller Hut, a 3-5 hr steep walk up from Mt Cook Village. But we decided against going, with avalanche warnings on alert and freezing temperatures with high winds…. not what we felt was the right conditions to go with Evie, so our plans were abandoned. Looking down the valley as we drove past Pukaki we wouldn’t have seen anything anyway.

We also didn’t go the next day…. similar reason.

Thankfully we did have one small window of opportunity to see the Mt Cook range the morning that we were moving on, as for a few hours only the clouds parted and the sun came out. We got the classic amazing view down Lake Pukaki.

Walking the Hooker Valley Trail with Granny & Grandad, meeting up with the rest of Tims family briefly there,

we didn’t quite make it in time for a good view of Mt Cook, but we did get a glimpse.

And the opportunity just to take in the beauty of the Hooker Valley

Watching as the cloud rolled in and feeling the first drops of rain, it was time to walk away from Mt Cook and carry on our journey. Looking back down Lake Pukaki on the way out there were no longer any views to be had.

Evie can thoroughly recommend the lavender ice-cream from the Lavender Farm on the way out of the valley!