The best way to see the 3,754m high Mt Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain, is to fly past it. Which I’ve done rather a lot of times flying into Queenstown but never as close as on an hour long scenic flight from Franz Josef Glacier.Was very lucky with the weather, this was one of only five days they’d flown in January, down 60% on last year. There was a base of cloud covering the mountains up to The Divide but thankfully plenty to see above it and it had a few gaps to the glaciers below.
We flew by Mt Cook, Mt Tasman and other assorted mountains. It was apparent when we crossed The Divide as the landscape changed completely, far less snow, with Mt Cook village and Lakes Hooker, Mueller and Tasman visible below.