Onward to Mt. Aspiring
This was shot early in the morning on the long road to Mt. Aspiring where we planned to “tramp”. Tramping, known elsewhere as hiking or bushwalking, is a popular activity in New Zealand. We were greeted by heavy Hoar frost covering virtually everything on the valley floor leading to the Trailhead along with a strange Blue Mist. (Hoar frost refers to the white ice crystals, loosely deposited on the ground or exposed objects, that form on cold clear nights when heat losses into the open skies cause objects to become colder than the surrounding air. It was utterly Magical!
The Park was established in 1964 as New Zealand’s tenth National Park. The park covers 3,555 km² at the southern end of the Southern Alps, directly to the west of Lake Wanaka, and is popular for tramping, walking and mountaineering. Mount Aspiring (3033 m) is the mountain which gives the park its name. Other prominent peaks within the park include Mount Pollux (2542 m) and Mount Brewster (2519 m).
The Haast Pass, one of the three principal road routes across the Southern Alps, is found in the north-eastern corner of the park.