Day 19 – Day Trip – Tasman Glacier

11:59 pm Motorbike/Motorcycle, New Zealand, Travel

Watching the sun rise on Mt Cook and the surrounding ranges on Saturday morning was absolutely exhilarating. What a difference to the weather as we arrived the day before.

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We had a very quiet, restful morning, and then headed out around lunchtime to see the nearby Tasman Glacier.

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The glacial waters are always in interesting colours.  These ones were a beige colour.

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We headed straight past the tourist car park, and followed the track up beside the lake at the bottom of the Tasman Valley.

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The valley is very rugged, but the mountains to the side are spectacular, with lots of waterfalls.

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The track was tough going in places, especially with all our gear. These aren’t small rocks we were riding over.

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Rebecca decided that this wasn’t really her thing, it was just too rough, so she stayed while I continued up the valley.

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I finally reached a point where I could see the glacier for the first time – it was wonderful. There was a real elation seeing the glacier and the majesty of the surrounding mountains.

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Here are some photos of the retreating glacier.

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There are still large chunks of ice melting in the lake – which is a long way from the main part of the glacier.

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In this photo, you can see the track I rode up – it is visible between the handlebars and the top box. It was really just a walking trail with steep drops down both sides.

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Yes, that is my bike in the distance in each of these photos.

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Some of the green moss growing here is just amazing.

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And some more photos of the rough track taken on the return trip.

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And a view of the valley further down.

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Looking across to Hooker Valley.

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Can you see the multi story hotel in this photo?

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Does this help?

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Or perhaps a frontal view?

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In the evening the clouds moved in, and Mt Cook was hidden from our view.

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