Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is truly one of my favourite places in New Zealand.

Home to numerous intensely beautiful vistas, it is a rugged and harsh landscape. It has 19 peaks over 3,000 metres -including New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/Mount Cook.

 

Recently I went for a photography road trip/weekend away and stayed in Twizel, which is about a 40 minute drive from the Aoraki Mount Cook Village.

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I was intending for the trip to be photography focused but was not expecting just how amazing the scenery in the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park would be. I was lucky enough that it had snowed heavily the night before and the weather had cleared to a fine day.

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There was so much snow! More than I had ever seen before in this area.

I usually visit in summer when it is dry and hot, but I am so pleased I got to experience it in the height of winter. It was just magical! I ended up trekking through the snow for about an hour to Kea Point and saw the start of the Mueller glacier – it was well worth freezing for!

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Just before I left the cloud finally lifted from Aoraki/Mount Cook…

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The journey back to Twizel was equally beautiful…

 

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