As we’d done most of the walks before and we were feeling quite tired, we limited our exertions on what was a warm sunny day.
In the morning we went to the Tasman Glacier and Lake. The walk takes you up the moraine wall to a viewpoint overlooking the lake and back to the glacier. On the way you can detour to the so-called Blue Lakes, which are now green (they used to be fed by the glacier but as this has retreated, they are now only fed by rainwater. These lakes are quite small but attractive as plants grow in them and there are quite a few fish swimming round in them.
From the NZ Department of Conservation website:
Tasman Glacier Lake is a relatively recent addition to the scene, starting its formation in 1974 and growing steadily since then. The large terminal moraines mark the foot of the Tasman Glacier at the time of the lake’s formation and are a sobering reminder of the glacier’s retreat.
Later we did the start of the Hooker Valley walk. This is a longer walk that we have done twice before. This time we went as far as the lookout just before the swing bridge (Ann’s favourite!)
It is just lovely being in those surroundings and getting the different views of Mount Cook and the other peaks.
There is also an Alpine Memorial reminding us of the many people that have died on these peaks. A sobering reminder of the dangers inherent in the mountains.