The final stop in New Zealand was Mt. Cook Village, at the base of Mt. Cool. My stop here was only two days, but in those two days I got a good taste of the spectacular beauty of the region. My first of two nights was spent at the YHA Backpackers Hostel, which was extremely clean and nice. It felt like living in a mountain cabin, with spectacular views in all directions.
In addition to a nice stay at the YHA, I also went with Samantha on a walk over to the very very very nice Mt. Cook Visitors Center, as well as on a stargazing tour at the Hermitage Hotel Planetarium.