I have no doubt that all photographers have their favourite locations that they not only want to but need to come back to time and time again. For me that place is the Mount Cook National Park. Located in this area for a few weeks allows exploration of amazing scenery wherever you look and walking, lots and lots of walking. Really doesn't seem to matter where you go there are incredibly vistas in all directions and, courtesy of the dark sky scenic reserve, it has some of the best views of stars anywhere in New Zealand.
The area is definitely blessed with very changeable weather. One day we would be hiking in jackets, gloves and hats then the next day we'd be in shorts! We do always seem to be lucky with the weather though and for the majority of our time at the Mount Cook Village the sun was shining and Mount Cook was on full display looking incredible. I can see why mountaineers would look at that peak and decide to climb it.....but not for me!
The start of our month was spent in a little town called Fairlie. This is a beautiful spot that looks out to Mount Dobson Ski Fields and is only a short drive to Burkes Pass and Tekapo. Fairlie is one of the places which just quietly carries on with life at its own slow pace watching as the tourists go back and forth between Christchurch and Tekapo. What most people fail to know though is that Fairlie has one of the best bakeries in all of New Zealand. A pork belly pie with apple sauce and crackling on top or wild venison with red wine gravy are not to be missed!
Today I sit at another of our favourite spots, Lake Ohau, enjoying majestic views south across the lake which is so calm it looks like a mirror. So just a few days here before heading back to Fairlie (no doubt for another pie!) and then on to Christchurch at the end of November.
That's all for now, hope you enjoy the photos.