Posted by: danielfee | November 27, 2011

Travel Photo of the Day 11-27-2011

Mount Cook National Park – New Zealand

 Located on New Zealand’s south island is Mount Cook National Park. Looking across the beautiful turquoise waters of Tekapo Lake are the Southern Alps which dominate the park. The king of the mountain range is Mount Cook itself at 12,349 feet. The park only extends 50 miles along the spine of the mountains, but within this short distance there are 140 peaks over 7,000 feet as well as five of New Zealands largest glaciers. The Mount Cook alpine region was the training ground for the famous New Zealand climber Sir Edmund Hillary, before he went on to become the first person to scale Mount Everest. Lake Tekapo is at elevation 2,330 feet above sea level. It gets its name from the Maori words “taka” meaning sleeping mat and “po” meaning night. The lakes gorgeous turquoise color is caused by “rock flour” which is finely ground rock particles suspended in the glacial meltwater.

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  1. stunning turquoise coloured water.


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