We did this easy hike to Hooker Glacier Lake. It had beautiful views the whole way, and included three swing-bridge crossings.
Hooker Glacier Lake
This glacier lake was at the end of the Hooker Valley Track. It is the coldest water I've ever felt, but we were crazy and decided it would be a good idea to attempt swimming out to the ice! It was so cold it hurt, and we didn't even make it in up to our waists... the icy water numbed our legs/feet, disabling us from feeling our way across the rocky bed of the lake. After two failed attempts, we decided it was a better idea to bundle up with sweaters and admire the landscape from outside the water.
The Blue Lakes
Since the glacier lake's water on the Hooker Valley Track was too cold to swim in, we decided to do another small hike the following day to another swimming destination. However, upon arrival we discovered that the "Blue Lakes" are actually green, and not very nice for swimming. :(
This is New Zealand's longest glacier, and flows south and east towards the Mackenzie Basin from the Southern Alps.
This is a lake near Mount Cook with beautiful turquoise blue water.
"Not every lake dreams to be an ocean. Blessed are the ones who are happy with whom they are."
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