Once you're finished up in Wanaka, you'll take the 2 and a half hour trip up to Mt. Cook village. A small mountain town surrounded by the Southern Alps (are they actually called the alps?)might be one (why just might be? you can say...is one of the most awe-inspiring places we've ever seen.. or make it more personal if you want. don't be lackluster in your description, especially if you actually think it is awe inspiring) of the most awe-inspiring places you will see.
Depending on when you leave Queenstown, you may be driving into Mt. Cook Village as the sun is setting. Park your car at one of the pull offs just outside of the village and you can see the peak of Mt. Cook glow a florescent pink.
Mt. Cook Activities
Hooker Valley Track
Make sure you book in at least a week in advance because there are limited bunk spaces available in the hut. This can be done through the DOC website.
Tasman Glacier View Point Hike
Mt. Cook Accommodations
Mt. Cook Village is home to only a couple options for accommodations so make sure that you book ahead of time. Glentanner (Mt. Cook) is a great hostel/camp ground thats about 15 minutes outside of Mt. Cook. They have a welcoming front office staff that is very friendly and will help set you up with any activity. Furthermore, it's a great place to star gaze since it is away from town where there aren't any lights. It has a nice kitchen and a place to BBQ if you want to grill, but like most places in NZ, the WiFi is a bit dodgy. Mt. Cook YHA is another good option if it's available. For more Mt. Cook options for accommodations, please visit Booking.com. If you're interested in renting an Airbnb, click here.
Lake Tekapo Activities
Church of the Good Shepard
University of Canterbury Observatory View and Earth & Sky Stargazing Tour
Tekapo Springs: If you decide to finish your trip in Lake Tekapo, all of your hiking and trekking will be rewarded with a hot springs visit. For $25NZD you can spend the day relaxing in any of the 3 levels of hot pools they offer, as well as steam rooms and saunas. If you have some extra money, they offer spa packages that are a great option to help recover from all the hiking you've done over the past two weeks.
Lake Tekapo and Twitzel Accommodations
Lake Tekapo accommodations can be a bit on the pricey side if the budget options are filled up. This can be the case, especially during the high season for tourists. If this the case, Twizel is a town right outside of Tekapo that has more options that are fairly priced and isn't too far out of the way. Here are Booking.com options for Twizel.
If you plan on staying in Lake Tekapo, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. We recommended taking a look at Booking.com for the best deals in the area. Furthermore, if you're interested in renting an Airbnb, click here.
Here is a map of accommodations in Twizel:
Day 14: Return to Christchurch and Fly out
When leaving Lake Tekapo, remember to consider that the drive to Christchurch takes about 3 hours. You'll need to make time to drop off your car before you hop on the plane back home. Traffic isn't bad until you get near Rolleston as you get closer to the city.
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