A tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary, humanitarian, ambassador and one of the world’s greatest explorers, the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre showcases the Aoraki Mount Cook region, its people and its place in the universe.
It depicts Sir Edmund’s longstanding connection with the region and touches upon his achievements, expeditions and life’s work. It was here he climbed his first major mountain, achieved a number of impressive first ascents including the difficult south face of Mount Cook, and trained for his Everest and Antarctic expeditions.
I had never really seen Mt Cook before properly the last visit someone had moved it and dropped a fog bank in its place... but this time I had the most wonderful views ever.
Lake Tekapo was also looking beautiful it is the most amazing blue and on the side of the lake is the church of the Good Shepherd many people travel from all over the country and the world to get married here in this church
From the lakes I headed to Geraldine
Geraldine is real small town NZ .. while here they were showing in a small refurbished Movie Theatre "The Iron Lady " so I went to the matinee and while you were seated in armchairs or sofas they bought you a fleece blanket so you would not get cold as they had not refurbished the heating system, there was also a lovely market in the tree lined park.
From here I took all the back roads and scenic routes heading north, this is where I encountered Mail Boxes of sizes and shapes ...another story.