Day 20 – Mt Cook to Haast

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

<<Maps to come>>

The morning started dreary, but cleared up pretty quickly.

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We got up early, and headed down to the planetarium, as we wanted to see several of the shows scheduled throughout the morning. We saw several features, including a tribute to Sir Edward Hillary on the large screen.  It was the anniversary of Sir Edward’s passing.

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By the time we were ready to leave, the weather had turned wonderful.

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This is where the tribute program for Sir Edward Hillary was going to be held … but we had our own agenda, so we left about 15 minutes before the program was due to start.

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The scenery was breathtaking, as we headed to Wanaka.  Here are some shots en-route.

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When we reached Wanaka, it was quite warm. So we stopped by the lake and enjoyed a two hour break. Lots of families were out swimming.

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We then proceeded on the road to Haast … this was one of the most stunning segments of the whole trip.

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This photo is not trick photography, the waterfall really dropped at this angle through the crevasse.

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The were two waterfalls side by side, this is the second one – though not quite a spectacular as the first one pictured above.

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Notice the snow covered mountains in the distance.  That’s a fair bit of snow.

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We had dinner as the sun was setting – and we were very lucky, there were almost no sand flies!

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It was full moon that night – this is the moon rise.

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