On the road to Aoraki | Mount Cook National Park

We awoke to a long white cloud sitting low in front of the mountains surrounding Lake McGregor. With little to no wind, it was a very pleasant morning to sit by the van with a cuppa before zipping off to our next stop.


You know what they say, New Zealand is the Land of the Long White Cloud.


As I knelt down to take this photo, I stepped in dog shit.

Next stop, Aoraki National Park, where 3,724m of earths crust protrudes from below.

Welcome to Mount Cook


You’ve probably seen photos of the winding road leading to the snow-capped peak of Mount Cook, and Lake Pukaki below. But here are a few more.




This blue is unlike anything I have seen before.

White Horse Hill

Arriving at White Horse Hill, we were not alone. Hundreds of other campervanning travellers, tourists and families are also here. This is not just a campsite, but also the parking lot to begin one of New Zealand’s most famous hikes.




We put on a pair of shorts, slapped on some sunscreen and a pair of shoes to walk in (not thongs this time), we set off to begin the famous Hooker Valley Track.

Camping facilities at White Horse Hill Campground

  • Very clean toilets
  • Fresh water to refill the water tanks and brush your teeth
  • Large undercover cooking area with power-points and benches to cook on
  • Sand flies were hardly present here
  • It’s pretty much a carpark, but the scenery is unreal, so I give this spot a strong 8/10.

How long does it take to get there

If you’re travelling from Lake Tekapo, it should take about 1.5hrs to get to Twizel, where we re-fuelled the van and re-stocked the fridge, and about 1hr to get from Twizel to Mount Cook.

February 25, 2017

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