First big and scary hike in NZ

Last week we where on the road again with our Hippie Camper, we saw penguins, clay cliffs and glaciers. We drove from Lake Tekapo over Timaru to Omaru and the road up to Mt Cook village, from there we started our mission to the Muller Hut (1960 m.).
The hike was steep. The last part was extremely icy and about 40 degrees steep, a very hard hike without crampons and ice ax. An experienced couple with full equipment who where in front of us turned around because of the ice, luckily we had snowshoes and just after sunset we arrived at the hut. We stayed up there for 2 nights. The landscape is amazing up there, a view to Mt Cook and Mt Sefton. about every 20 minutes a huge ice avalanche broke down from these mountains! Next day in the afternoon a group of Kea papagais came and atacked our materials, they say the smartest births on earth.
Safe down, tired and hungry we planned to drive straight back to Lake Tekapo but could not resist driving up to the Tasman Lake. Such an amazing landscape was hidden behind the ridge. We could see a part of the Tasman glacier and in the lake we saw amazing ice sculptures that had been broken down from the glacier.

Yesterday we had a crazy 80s party in Lake Tekapo. There I survived a street fight, thanks to Michael

Photos by Iris Kammerhofer and Irian van Helfteren

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About Irian van Helfteren

Professional freerider, Sport teacher, Staatlicher Snowboardlehrer, Snowboardführer (sn guide) and Photographer.
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