My New Zealand Family Holiday: Day 7 KEA POINT on Mt COOK

As usual, we got our nightly rate’s stay worth of sleeping before checking out at 10am. With the exception of St Moritz in Queenstown, every hotel we’ve stayed in New Zealand had a 10am check-out. Unlike in Australia where you can ask for a late check-out, the hotel brochure advising an extra hourly charge of NZD20 for each hour over the check-out time, seems to indicate that almost none asks for this privilege.

A picture of the view from my hotel balcony at The Hermitage on Mt Cook, New Zealand.

How does anyone walk away from this view without taking a final picture? A A picture of the view from my hotel balcony on the morning of my check-out from The Hermitage on Mt Cook, New Zealand.

Once we had loaded our bags in the car and adjusted the laces on our shoes, we three musketeers set off  for Kea Point, a two-hour return trip on foot, to see the snout of the Mueller Glacier. With the path almost entirely flat, it was a fairly easy trek, but for the slabs of ice among the snow that made His Royal Highness slip and fall a couple of times.

A picture of me with The Hermitage on Mt Cook in New Zealand in the background.

Off we go! This is before stepping onto the Kea Point trek.

A picture of Mt Cook from the Kea Point track in New Zealand

This is just the start folks.

A picture of Mt Cook from the Kea Point track in New Zealand

In the shadow of nature’s awesomeness on Mt Cook in New Zealand.

A picture of HRH and Amanda on Mt Cook, trekking towards Kea Point.

A picture of HRH and Amanda on Mt Cook, trekking towards Kea Point.

A picture of HRH and Amanda on Mt Cook, trekking towards Kea Point.

Long, long, long way to go. I was beginning to wish we’d packed some crackers.

A picture of Amanda on Mt Cook from the Kea Point track in New Zealand

Still a long, long way to go. We’re only twenty minutes into the trek.

A picture of Mt Cook on our way towards Kea Point.

You might be able to see The Hermitage in the distance, now the size of an ant.

A picture of HRH nearing Kea Point on Mt Cook, New Zealand.

Wait, we’re almost there. I promise you it is so worth it.

A seat to admire the Mueller Glacier at Kea Point on Mt Cook.

About now, I was wishing for a mamak stall that sells Indian roti, curry and Milo. Or maybe just a toilet. All this snow around me made me want to pee.

A picture of the snout of Mueller Glacier from Kea Point on Mt Cook in New Zealand.

Oh GAWD! We are here! I’d have done a victory dance except that by now I was deliriously hungry and tired. A picture of the snout of Mueller Glacier from Kea Point on Mt Cook in New Zealand.

A picture of me at the snout of Mueller Glacier from Kea Point on Mt Cook in New Zealand

A picture of me at the snout of Mueller Glacier from Kea Point on Mt Cook in New Zealand.

A picture of the three of us at the snout of Mueller Glacier from Kea Point on Mt Cook in New Zealand

Yay! We got there! Don’t ask me why I suddenly look so fat.

By the time we reached Kea Point, we were so exhilarated that we forgot our tiredness and lack of breakfast that morning. We met Jeff and his family, cattle farmers from North Canterbury, visiting Mt Cook for a couple of days. They told us about 5am milking of cows, killing sick livestock and having neighbours who live kilometres away. As a city girl, I found it all very fascinating. It was a window into a world I have no association with and experience of. Certainly, it surprised me to hear of Jeff crying after the slaughter of a cow.

A picture of two cattle farmers we had a chat with at Kea Point on Mt Cook, New Zealand.

Jeff and his boy. Two friendly cattle farmers we had a chat with at Kea Point on Mt Cook, New Zealand.

Once our batteries were recharged, we attempted the hike back to our car outside The Hermitage. Like most journeys, going back seemed a lot faster than getting there.

A picture of HRH heading to The Hermitage, after our hour-long walk to Kea Point on Mt Cook in New Zealand.

HRH at the beginning of the trek back to The Hermitage.

A picture of HRH and Amanda heading back to The Hermitage, after our hour-long walk to Kea Point on Mt Cook in New Zealand.

A picture of HRH and Amanda heading back to The Hermitage, after our hour-long walk to Kea Point on Mt Cook in New Zealand.

A picture of our path heading back to The Hermitage, after our hour-long walk to Kea Point on Mt Cook in New Zealand.

A picture of our path heading back to The Hermitage, after our hour-long walk to Kea Point on Mt Cook in New Zealand.

A picture of Amanda with the sign board on the way back to our car at The Hermitage after our trek to Kea Point on Mt Cook in New Zealand.

A picture of Amanda with the sign board on the way back to our car at The Hermitage after our trek to Kea Point on Mt Cook in New Zealand.

A picture of HRH and Amanda on the way back to our car at The Hermitage after our trek to Kea Point on Mt Cook in New Zealand.

It was such a humbling experience to be so small in nature, surrounded by all that snow.

A picture of Amanda on the way back to our car at The Hermitage after our trek to Kea Point on Mt Cook in New Zealand.

I was so proud of Amanda to walk all that way without complaining. She was such a trooper!

A picture of Mt Cook on New Zealand.

How lucky am I? Beauty, every which way you look.

A picture of HRH and Amanda on Mt Cook in New Zealand.

At the half-way point. I recognised where we were by the pile of rocks there. There is another, not pictured.

A picture of HRH and Amanda on Mt Cook in New Zealand.

A picture of me on Mt Cook, New Zealand

A rare snap of the photographer. Grimace on face says, “I’m so bloody hungry and tired.”

A picture of Amanda resting on her way back to The Hermitage on Mt Cook, New Zealand.

A picture of Amanda resting on her way back to The Hermitage on Mt Cook, New Zealand.

 

 

 

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