A friend had told me about Lake Matheson and I was eager to get there and see the amazing reflections for myself. It was early spring and still bitterly cold which meant plenty of snowcapped mountains, my favorite vista! My fiancé and I were camping in the back of a 24 year old station wagon and after days of rain and overcast skies, we woke up to the locks and doors of the car frozen shut. I could see the first rays of light hitting the top of Aoraki (Mt Cook) through the frozen windows but couldn’t get out! Finally free of the car, we raced to the viewing platform and set up my camera just in time for the breeze to die down and the reflections to be crystal clear, a truly magic moment and a highlight of our trip to New Zealand.
Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand.
Published in the August 2009 issue of Lonely Planet magazine!
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