Hooker Valley Line in Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park in New Zealand

Hooker Valley Track is the 4th and final road of our New Zealand trip, and by chance is the easiest of all. I guess we are really lazy after a tiring (super) rise to the top of Ben Lomond. But just because it’s easy, doesn’t mean it’s not an easy road to remember! The Hooker Valley Track is a 10 km walk from the mostly very flat lane, but has become one of the most popular lanes in the area because it offers beautiful views of the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

How to get to Hooker Valley Track
Getting to Hooker Valley Track is quite easy – just follow State Highway 80 to the north and you will find traces of trail at the end of the highway.

The journey to Highway 80 took us along the waters of Lake Pukaki. Lake Pukaki is a glacial lake, and like all glacial lakes, it has an unusual color that I have never seen before. This is the bright color of bright blue / turquoise, so bright that it almost looks fake!

We definitely made a few stops for some amazing blue water photos from this lake. It helps that it is a sunny day too, the sun’s rays bring out the color of the lake even more.

What makes Lake Pukaki and other glacial lakes have brilliant colors? The greenish blue of the lake is caused by glacial flour from very fine rock particles originating from surrounding glaciers. And when the sun touches the surface of the lake, it reflects particles and turns the lake into the brilliant blue you see above.

The Hooker Valley Track Walk
Track overview
Distance: 10km
Change in height: 124m
Recommended time: 3-4 hours drive home. It took us 1.5 hours to reach Lake Hooker, …

NEW ZEALAND LAUNCHES NEW “ETA VISA” YOU NEED BEFORE THE TRAVEL

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New Zealand is one of the few countries that has almost as many visitors. Every year nearly four million travelers go down to South Pacific heaven, and whatever they are looking for, they tend to find it. New Zealand is a “big five” for adventure seekers, wine enthusiasts, beach lovers, and food lovers. Plus, they have cute birds.

For a country that is so tied to nature, natural beauty, and conservation, millions of travelers take their toll. In an effort to make tourists directly contribute to replenish the resources they have, the country has officially launched a new ETA form that you must fill out and pay before boarding the plane. It’s basically like a visa, but people get angry if you say visa. This is all you need to know …

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From October 1, 2019 …
If you travel to New Zealand at any time after October 1, 2019, you will need an actual visa, or ETA if you are from a “visa waiver country”. Basically, if you need a visa before this date, you still need it. If not, and can get on a plane, such as citizens from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Singapore, Germany, and many other countries, you must now complete the ETA before doing so and paying for it too.

ETA fees for New Zealand
The cost of entering New Zealand on ETA is $ 9NZD if you use the New Zealand tourism mobile application, or $ 12NZD online with your browser. You will also pay IVL fees at the same time, which includes tourism infrastructure for New Zealand, which is $ 35NZD. All in, which reaches around £ 23 or $ 30USD. This is the full detail. ETA is electronic, so there will be no problem, and as long as your passport …