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Explore Mt. Cook Tekapo! | New Zealand


Explore Mt. Cook + Tekapo! | New Zealand

Discover the beauty and serenity of the Mackenzie District in New Zealand!

Footage shot at and around:
Mt. Cook
Tasman Glacier
Lake Pukaki

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Winter Walks // Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealand

Exploring Aoraki Mt Cook Village in July. Three easy walks with epic views in a little winter wonderland. Places include Kea Point, Tasman Glacier, Red Tarns, Lake Pukaki, YHA, Lake Tekapo, and Fairlie.

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Road Trip to Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook | New Zealand

We did this road trip to Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook in New Zealand and it was amazing! So many great landscapes!

We started our trip to lake tekapo where we spent the night and watched the stars nearby the lake tekapo. Lake tekapo is part of UNESCO stargazing places so if you are there wake up in the middle of the night and look up!

Next stop in our road trip in New Zealand was the Lake pulaski and the mount cook. We only say the mount cook from far because we did not have more time and we had to get back to Christchurch, so we stayed south of the lake pukaki and took amazing pictures there.

If you are wondering what to do in New Zealand, don't worry there is plenty of things to do in New Zealand. Roadtrip in new zealand are very famous because you can see a lot of things as the county is massive.

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Tasman Glacier Explorers Tour (Aoraki/Mt Cook) in Winter - NZ Road Trip

An amazing encounter with New Zealand's largest glacier, the Tasman Glacier. Explore and learn about the ever-changing glacial landscape as our journey across the terminal lake in the custom-built MAC Boats with our experienced guides. Icebergs of every shape and size periodically tear away from the face of the glacier into the rapidly growing lake. Lateral moraines rear up almost 200m to remind us of the scale and greatness that the glacier has reached in previous times.

With the effects of global warming and other climatic processes taking their toll on New Zealand glaciers, their retreat is imminent. Now approximately 27km long and 600m deep, the Tasman Glacier is melting and calving at an exponentially increasing rate. In recent years the Tasman Glacier has changed from a 'melting' to a 'calving and melting' terminus, resulting in a terminal lake that is rapidly increasing in size.

Heli-Hiking on the Tasman Glacier in Mt Cook – New Zealand's Biggest Gap Year – BackpackerGuide.NZ

Day 193: Today we are arriving in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and the first thing we are doing to heli-hiking on the Tasman Glacier with Mt Cook Glacier Guiding! Join us for this epic Mt Cook heli hike!

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Today is our first day in Aoraki Mt Cook! We head straight to the Mt Cook Airport because our first activity in Mt Cook is heli-hiking on the Tasman Glacier!

We join Mt Cook Glacier Guiding who equip us with all the gear, guide and a helicopter and we enjoy a 12 minute scenic flight to the Tasman Glacier. Heli-hiking in Mt Cook is an awesome option for a glacier heli-hike in New Zealand to explore New Zealand’s longest glacier and visit a less crowded glacier.

This New Zealand glacier heli hike takes us across the unusual and magnificent landscape of the Tasman Glacier along with its ice caves, crevasses and more. We spend about 2 hours on the glacier in this glacier heli hike in New Zealand.

So what do you think about this heli hike on the Tasman Glacier? Would you add it to your Mt Cook travel itinerary? LUK in the comments!

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BackpackerGuide.NZ is New Zealand’s biggest online travel guide for adventure and budget travel in New Zealand. Join us, as the team behind BackpackerGuide.NZ, Robin and Laura, update the travel guide while taking on 365 Days: 365 Activities in New Zealand! It’s New Zealand’s Biggest Gap Year! We release new videos of the New Zealand backpacking adventure every single day, as well as New Zealand travel tips and 360 videos every Sunday so start making your New Zealand bucket list!

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Today we headed to Mt cook and decided after a quick look at the glacier to do the Hooker Valley walk which was gorgeous! Even though the walk claims to take 4 hours, it only took us just over 2!

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Mt Cook & Tekapo | Canterbury #winterweekend Series

Canterbury #winterweekend Series | Mt Cook & Lake Tekapo
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Welcome to the Canterbury #winterweekend series! In this 5 episode series, i'll be taking you all over Canterbury to show you what the region has to offer in winter! In this episode we explore Aoraki/Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo in the Mackenzie region. There are so many opportunities for winter getaways in this part of Canterbury, so hopefully this episode gives you some ideas for planning your own adventure!

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MUELLER HUT TRACK in Aoraki Mount Cook - New Zealand

The Mueller Hut track proved to be not only our most favorite day hike we have ever done so far (I know, big words), but also the most challenging. Those views at the end were 100% worth it though!


WHAT A DIFFERENCE THE SUN MAKES!! | Lake Tekapo & Mt Cook, New Zealand

Today we took off to Lake Tekapo on a very cloudy morning! But alas, the sun burnt through the clouds and revealed an unbelievable sight! We also decided to drive half way to MT Cook to make sure we could snap some pics on such a clear and sunny day!

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Aoraki Mt Cook National Park

An overview of the spectacular Aoraki Mt Cook National Park with Gus Roxburgh of the Wild About New Zealand TV series. Gus explores the park's attractions and activities for everyone.

Tekapo/Mt Cook/Wanaka/Queenstown - DJI Mavic Air

Central Otago is an informal name for the inland part of the Otago region in the South Island of New Zealand. The area commonly known as Central Otago includes both the Central Otago District and the Queenstown-Lakes District to its west. The motto for the area is A World of Difference.

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My Favorite New Zealand Hike - Hooker Valley in Mount Cook

Apologies for some of the shaky footage in today's video! Staying outside of the Mt. Cook National Park in Twizel, I drove in before sunrise to hike the Hooker Valley Track which ends at the glacier and glacial pond. This has become one of my favorite hikes, with beautiful views throughout the very easy trail!


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Captivating Canterbury - Mount Cook, Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch, Akaroa

THIS IS IT! Our final New Zealand episode, for now... Come for the mountains, stay for the lakes and dolphins. The scenery is breathtaking. It's legendary! If you only watch one of our New Zealand episodes, it should probably be this one! (BUT you really should watch *all* of them!)

Mount Cook
Come hike the Hooker Valley and Sealy Tarns tracks with us. The incredible views are not to be missed! The snowcapped mountains are majestic, standing tall and mighty. The snow means it's some of the coldest nights we'll have in Blue Steel. See how bundled up we are, and what it's like to sleep in a van. #vanlife. Mount Cook aka Aoraki, Mount Cook is New Zealand's highest mountain, and just one of 19 peaks over 3000m tall. Mount Cook National Park is a rugged land of ice and rock; did you know that 40% of the park is covered by glaciers?!

Lake Pukaki
Everyone loves blue waters, right?! Take a look at the one of the bluest lakes in all of New Zealand - Lake Pukaki. The glacial feed to the lakes gives them a distinctive blue color, created by glacial flour, the extremely finely ground rock particles from the glaciers.

Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo was one of the hardest places to leave because of it's beauty. It also signified the end of our NZ adventures in Blue Steel. Watch the sunset with us at the top of Mount John, where the University of Canterbury's observatory is located. See one of NZ's most photographed churches: Church of the Good Shepard, which features an altar window that frames views of the lake and mountains. We also go ICE SKATING for the first time in a decade. Will adventureViV be able to stay upright on the ice? Watch to find out!

***After our final New Zealand adventures, the CameraMan goes on a rant to update you everything that’s happened in our final weeks in New Zealand as we try to sell our beloved minivan, Blue Steel.***

WWOOFing in Christchurch was one of the most amazing experiences we could have ever hoped for. We had an incredible host who made us feel like we were home. Thank you for inviting us into your home and life ❤ Our favorite place to visit in Christchurch was the Botanical Gardens! We’re surrounded by autumn colors as we stroll through the (FREE) garden. Hang out with us in the suburbs of Christchurch: Sumner, Lyttleton, and New Brighton. You’ll definitely enjoy the stunning views

Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. We decided to spend our final two weeks in New Zealand WWOOFing in Akaroa. To our delight, WWOOFing in Akaroa turned out to be more like housesitting! We absolutely LOVED it! We took care of the cats, chickens, and occasional B&B guest while spending two weeks in Akaroa. The best part of our stay: swimming with the dolphins! Thanks to Black Cat Cruises for an incredible experience - and for taking us out on such a fortuitous day where we’d see albatross, blue penguins and a male orca!!

Blue Steel
The #vanlife has been an unforgettable journey. We’ve explored the northernmost areas down to the southernmost areas of the North and South Islands in loyal and reliable Blue Steel. However, as our New Zealand travels were coming to an end, it was time to find new owners for Blue Steel. Do we succeed? Or will we have to drive Blue Steel off a cliff for some EPIC drone footage (and the insurance claim, of course)?! Find out in this episode!

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Thanks to my brother Stefan for all of the birthday love, also! What a nice surprise - you shouldn’t have done that!

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Next up - catch us in INDONESIA! We’re back to chasing summer, and we couldn’t be more excited to have our friends meet us in BALI. It’s going to be amazing. Shoutout to Daphne who's bringing us some goodies! Check them out here:

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3-Hour Hike to Mt. Cook, New Zealand

Aoraki/Mount Cook is a famous tourist destination and the highest mountain in New Zealand. You can experience a great 3-hour hike with stunning view of snow mountains around you. See the floating giant icebergs by going through the hooker valley track with the awesome view of Tasman Glacier (Part 2 of my Christchurch trip)

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I started driving from Christchurch down to Mt. Cook which took 4 hours. We had our stop over at Lake Tekapo to enjoy the magnificent view of the lake and the snow mountains in the background. This is the best part of my short adventure in the south island and I definitely enjoyed the 3-hour hike to Mt.Cook, New Zealand!

***THINGS to know about our Mt. Cook Adventure***
1. We left from Christchurch at 7 a.m. and arrived in Mt. Cook at 11:30 a.m. (our travel took longer because of stop over)
2. We stayed at YHA Aoraki Mt. Cook for a night. You might want to bring some food to cook because there's no grocery store within the area. However; YHA sells some ingredients/food to cook.
3. We started the hike at 3 p.m. and finished it before 6p.m. We've only reached the Hooker Valley where you can see the icebergs. It is advisable to start the hike in the morning so you can really reach the snow part with sunrise.
4. Visit Chillax Café (Filipino-European cuisine) in Christchurch city

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Mount Cook Helicopter with Snow Landing

If you're visiting Mount Cook in New Zealand, you will want to definitely check it out from above! This experience will also give you the chance of a snow landing so you can jump around and have a bit of fun!

New Zealand Pukaki lake, Mt. Cook

Lake Tekapo to Mt.Cook - Epic NewZealand South Island Road Trip!

Here is the day #2 - New Zealand South Island Epic Road Trip Travel vlog. The vlog is about my drive from Lake Tekapo to Mt.Cook Road trip. If you ever come to newzealand and do this same road trip, you may ask me your questions in the comments section below. I love NZ. Got to get ready for hiking now.


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Aoraki (Mt. Cook + Hooker Valley) - NZ Trip - 2018July

Aoraki (Mt. Cook + Hooker Valley) - NZ Trip - 2018July

NZ Mt. Cook to Lake Tekapo

first days of my roadtrip with Sarina from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo to Mt.Cook and a beautiful Mirror Lake down to Invercargill

The Ethereal Mount Cook | New Zealand [4K] Cinematic Vlog 8

Explored Aoraki (Mount Cook) on our New zealand road trip for the 8th gap year adventure! Visited lake Tasman and took the Hooker Valley hike for a good 9 hours. More adventures to come.

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