The Tasman Glacier is the largest glacier in New Zealand by far. Currently, the glacier is 23.5 km(14.6 miles) long, 4 km (2.5 miles) wide and lies entirely within the borders of Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park. It covers 101 square km(39sq miles) and is around 600m (2000 feet) thick at it’s maximum depth. The terminus is 200m deep. Tasman Glacier is absolutely enormous and it is known as Haupapa as well. The upper areas of the glacier are covered with snow and the lower glacier is entirely rock covered.
Soon after Twizel we turned onto Mount Cook Road. There’s a sign displays at the T -junction saying “Mt Cook/Aorak” when the Mount Cook road starts. You just drive along the flat valley floor to the base of the mountain. That drive is magnificent! Words can’t describe the beauty. It’s a great place to take photos, especially when there’s lots of snow on the top of the mountains.
Doing this drive without stopping would also be rather missing the breathtaking views, so we spent more time on the road side to enjoy beautiful cloud touching mountain range.
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