Lake Ohau, Pukaki and Tekapo

New Zealand

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The high country lakes in the Mackenzie Country are beautiful. I visited Lake Ohau, Pukaki and Tekapo on my travels this winter.

 

Lake Ohau is a glacial lake and is fed by the Hopkins and Dobson rivers. It is the smallest of three lakes that all run roughly parallel along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin. Lake Ohau covers around 60 km².

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I decided to use a new filter for my camera that I bought to enable me to lake long-exposures in the daylight. It worked really well and I am excited to keep experimenting with it. I need to try to get my shutter-release cable working again because it would make the process a lot easier!

All three lakes were created when the terminal moraines of receding glaciers blocked their respective valleys, forming moraine-dammed lakes.

They have a distinctive blue colour which is created by glacial flour – the extremely finely ground rock particles from the glaciers. Lake Pukaki covers 178.7 km² and the surface elevation of the lake normally ranges from 518 to 532 metres above sea level.

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Lake Tekapo, probably one of the more common tourist destinations, covers an area of 83 square kilometres and is at an altitude of 710 metres above sea level.

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Information collected from Wikipedia.

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

New Zealand

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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