Recently made a trip inland to sight see around the Southern Alps. Started at lakes Tekapo and Pukaki then ventured into Mount Cook National Park. At 3,754 meters, half the height of Mt. Everest, Mount Cook is the highest point in NZ and surprisingly easy to get near.
The weather was nice near the lakes but rapidly changed in between the ranges. Wind gusts could hit 100k/hr so I turned back after a short hike in the park. Will make another trip on a nicer day since the area hosts some of the most stunning views.