New Zealand – Episode 6 – Mt. Aoraki and the Tasman Glacier

Following out close encounter with the seals, we headed to Aoraki Mt. Cook Alpine Lodge. Here you can find a whole resort dedicated to perhaps the most famous New Zealander, Sir Edmund Hillary (20 July 1919 – 11 January 2008). Even though New Zealand is a peaceful country, he however conquered something: on May 29 1953, he became the first climber confirmed as having reached the summit of Mount Everest. We won’t go into much detail about him, as a simple internet search will provide you with all the necessary information.

Before our departure, we have witnessed an avalanche of stones on one of the mountainsides. It was too far away to put us in danger, but close enough to catch it with the cameras lens.

From the tourist center, we followed along the Tasman River a winding road covered in ultra-fine dust. At the end of the road we finally arrived at none other than the Tasman Lake. The water that fills this lake and later on supplies the Tasman River originates from the Glacier called – you guessed it – Tasman Glacier. 

Here what intrigued us was the water’s color: azure with a milky twist. Add to this floating icebergs drifting away on the lake’s surface and you have quite a strange scenery.

 Lucian Nistor’s photos

Andrei Morar’s photos

Dana Stavaru’s photos

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