Part 7. Mount Cook.

April 2017 – May 2017


sunset, Lake Pukaki,Mount Cook,Aoraki, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

Mount Cook – is the highest mountain, pride and symbol of New Zealand. In the Maori language the mount is called Aoraki – what in translation means “Big White Cloud”.



Church of the Good Shepherd,Lake Tekapo, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

On the shore of Lake Tekapo there is a church – Church of the Good Shepherd.

tourists,Lake Tekapo, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

This is a pilgrimage place not only for tourists, but also for wedding photographers)))

mountain road, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

But the main point of these places opens from the shores of Lake Pukaki – Mount Cook.

sunset, Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

The mountain got its name in honor of James Cook.

sunset, Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

The captain for four years was engaged in geodetic research in New Zealand and gave the mount this name.

sunset, Lake Pukaki,Mount Cook,Aoraki,South Alps, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

But contrary to common opinion, the first European who was here, was not James Cook, but Abel Tasman.

sunset, Lake Pukaki,Mount Cook,Aoraki,South Alps, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

The height of the mountain is 3754m.

sunset, Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

But relatively recently the mountain was higher by 10 meters.

sunset, Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

In 1991, tons of rock, ice and snow fell from the top of the mountain of a total volume of 10 million m³.

sunset, Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

Of course there is a legend about the origin of this mount.

sunset, Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

According to the legend of the local population, Maori, the ship crashed here.

sunset, Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

Three sons of Ranga and Dad sailed on this ship.

sunset, Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

Ranga in the mythology of Maori is mother earth.

sunset, Lake Pukaki,Mount Cook,Aoraki,South Alps, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

Papa – father of the sky.

sunset, Lake Pukaki,Mount Cook,Aoraki,South Alps, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

Waka of their sons flew into the reefs and bent down.

sunset, Lake Pukaki,Mount Cook,Aoraki,South Alps, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

To save the sons climbed to the nose, but the icy wind turned them into stone.

sunset, Lake Pukaki,Mount Cook,Aoraki,South Alps, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

Vaka became an island, and sons – mountain peaks.

sunset, Lake Pukaki,Mount Cook,Aoraki, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

The eldest of the sons was Aoraki – his name was for the highest mountain.

sunset, Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

In the Maori language, the southern island is called Te Vaka Aoraki.

sunset, Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

Since 1998, the mountain is called – Aoraki / Mount Cook, in order to preserve the historical name.

Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

Some strange sensations arise regarding the positions of the sun in the southern hemisphere.

road,Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

And even often they write that in the southern hemisphere the sun rises in the west and sits in the east.

sunrise, clouds,Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

It is not so, it still rises in the east and sits on the west.

sunrise, clouds,Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

But such a lot of perplexities are caused by the fact that at noon the sun is not in the south, but clearly in the north, which is extremely unusual and confusing)

Mount Cook road, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

There are many different routes from the Cook village.

Mount Cook road, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

We were not very lucky with the weather that day.

Mueller lake, kea point, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

The clouds hung low, it was not possible to see the mount Cook , and we walked only to Kea Point to the Mueller lake.

glacier,kea point, Mount Cook, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

Mueller lake was not particularly impressive.

valley,kea point, Mount Cook, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand

By the large and picturesque lakes went to the west coast of the southern island.

Mount Cook road, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand


Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook National Park, South Island ,New Zealand


mountain road, South Island ,New Zealand


hills, South Island ,New Zealand


Lake Hawea, South Island ,New Zealand


Lake Hawea.
Lake Hawea, South Island ,New Zealand


Lake Wanaka, South Island ,New Zealand

Lake Wanaka.

Lake Wanaka, South Island ,New Zealand

The Trip.
Part 2. Qatar.
Part 2. The Hobbiton.
Part 3. The Coast of the Southern island.
Part 4. Moeraki boulders, Taiaroa Head and Nugget Point.
Part 5. Fjordland.
Part 6. Quinstown.
Part 7. Mount Cook.
Part 8. West coast.
Part 9. Sea life.
Part 10. Vanuatu, Espiritu Santo.
Part 11. Million Dollar Point and SS President Coolidge.

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