26.10.2012 - 26.10.2012 14 °C
We ate in-house last night and had a suprisingly good meal whilst "people watching" all the tour groups - most entertaining. Our morning walk this morning was a wander around Twizel. We have learned that there are views of the mountains from every part of town! Twizel was a temporary town built to support the bulding of the Benmore Dam and most of the houses in the town are the original little pre-fab cottages. 30 years later Twizel is still going and the little pre-fabs are still being lived in! After a quick buffet breakfast in the hotel, we headed for Mt Cook. The drive up there is full of spectacular scenery everywhere you look. We spent some time looking around the Alpine Centre and the Sir Edmund Hilary Museum then headed for Tasman Glacier. The road was gravel but still very good. The sign said 15 mins walk to the Tasman Glacier lookout from the car park so off we went. What it didnt say was that it was all uphill and the last bit was basically a scamble up rocks but we did make it to the top albeit puffing and panting and taking much longer than 15 mins! Tasman Glacier was not what we expected - most of it has gone. There is a lake where some of it once was with big chunks of glacier ice in it. Apparently its height once was higher than the lookout point we were standing on. Now it is way down below. All the same, the climb was worth it with spectacular views in all directions. We clambered back down again and returned to the Alpine Centre to watch a very interesting 20 min 3D movie about Mt Cook then had lunch whilst gazing at the snow covered mountains just metres away. Time to wave goodbye to Mt Cook. Before returning to Twizel we visited Lake Ohau - again more harsh but beautiful scenery. R&R time now then we are planning to go into town tonight and see whats shaking in Twizel.