Blogs from Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo July 6th 2018

Electric blankets and a heated cabin - Jules is in heaven. Step outside and it's bloody cold! Woke to the sound of the wind swirling off the lake and rattling our cabin door. Sun doesn't rise until 8 am but is worth the wait. The brilliant turquoise of the lake doesn't show until the sun is above the mountains. But the colour of the sky as the rising sun hits the clouds is ridiculous! The kids comment that the scenery looks fake - like someone has "put up wallpaper on the sky". I am quickly running out of superlatives for these mountains that surround us. Can't imagine walking out the front door and seeing this view every day. Majestic. Sun up at 8 am and sets before 5pm. The days are short and we only have ... read more
Lake Tekapo School.
Rambling Selfie.
Family Rambling.

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo July 5th 2018

Up and Uber. It's as if the Uber was waiting outside our door - confirmed pick-up and Amriptal was 1 MIN away. Out we rush and we're on our way! 10 minutes from Gordon Park to BNE International - loving the Airport Link! Adrenalin is pumping and we're all excited about our trip together. Check-in was a breeze and bag drop was quick as a flash. Waiting for take-off and Millsy isn't looking good. She's crashed and is lethargic and grumpy. I scored the seat by myself and am enjoying my film (The Death of Stalin - funnier than the title suggests) when I notice Deaks and Jules trying to get my attention from across the aisle. Milla has half filled the sick-bag and I'm on call to dump the paper bag of chuck in the ... read more
Tekapo Selfie.
sunset on Tekapo.

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo January 7th 2018

Now I have connection !!!! Wow! it feels like we have been on the road so much longer than we have. Our little home on wheels is cool (not as in cold) the only negative is they haven't put an awning on the back so when we have the cooker/sink out (they actually pull out of the back of the van from beneath the bed),and if it is raining as it is now!, you get wet. The van is huge (as you can see from the photo), it is also an automatic so I don't like driving it (I have but not for any real distance) Toria has done most of the driving - she is very fast and confident in it - I on the other hand am slow (well slow for me) and hesitant. ... read more
Travelling back to QT
our first picnic stop
Toria Tekapo

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo November 23rd 2016

Geo: -44.0074, 170.483Lazy start to the day - late breakfast, then off to the Tekapo hot springs for a soak.Three hot pools, with temperatures ranging from 32 to 39 degrees.Picked up some supplies in town, and hired a bike for the afternoon.Derek headed off for a ride towards the observatory, but the track was meant for horses and walking, too rough for bikes.Back towards town, then off on another track, then alongside the lake and into the pine plantation for a while, finishing off with a quick look at the A2O track towards Oamaru.Back to the hot springs for another soak after a cuppa.Quiet dinner in the van, and some Fixer Upper before bed. ... read more
The bike
Crazy track
View from the A2O track

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo November 22nd 2016

Geo: -44.0074, 170.483Headed off after breakfast, stopping in Omarama for chips'n'gravy and a coffee.Saw the Lake Tekapo airport on the way into town and stopped to enquire about a flight over the glaciers. There was one leaving in 15 mins, so we jumped onboard for The Grand Traverse.Saw all the glaciers and mountains, it was spectacular.Checked into the Lake Tekapo holiday park, and walked into town and back.Dinner at the local tavern - local Salmon and Steak, the back to the park for wine and cheese at sunset.... read more
Lake Tekapo and mountains
Franz Joseph glacier
Another spectacular shot

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo November 18th 2016

Travelled over the mountains through low cloud and patchy rain.... taking the road to Mount Cook where the weather started to deteriorate further. The road there, runs for about 50km alongside Lake Pukaki which, despite the weather was still a vivid turquoise. On our previous visit in 2009 we had encountered many curious Kea, the native mountain parrot renowned for its destruction of vehicles (removal of windscreen wipers, vehicle trim and anything not secured well to the vehicle!). Despite attempts to locate them we are sad to say we didn't see a single one! There is much controversy here over "1080" poison which is being used to eradicate the non native mammals (possom, stoat, weasels), with suggestion it is wiping out native wildlife and particularly birds too? It is a tough debate as birds are suffering ... read more
Lake Tekapo
From the top of Mount John

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo September 10th 2016

Leaving the devastation behind in Christchurch I again headed inland to the spine of the South Island. My destination was the Mackenzie Basin, home to Lake Tekapo, Aoraki National Park (New Zealand's highest mountain), and the alpine village of Twizel where I was to meet a friend of a friend who is now a friend. Upon arrival into the lakeside town of Lake Tekapo I saw a sign for an ice rink. Naturally I went and inquired about the possibility of skating. Turns out for $16USD I received skates, pucks, a net, a stick, and 4 hours of ice time all by myself. The first bargain I've got in New Zealand. I was like a kid, I could not lace up my skates fast enough. I haven't been on the ice since I broke my knee ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo December 7th 2015

Had a couple wild days in Queenstown. The day after bungy jumping I did the louging. It was really fun. Very similar to go karting, but there's no gas, you just use gravity to go. It's crazy how fast you can go though. The first Saturday of the month in New Zealand is "crate day," which is when everyone sits in the park and drinks a crate of beer (12 bottles). I didn't partake, but observing was pretty fun. It turned out to be a beautiful day and was a great scene. People just hanging out, throwing a rugby ball around, lying in the sun. There were tons of crates in the river keeping the beer cold. Decided to stream the last 5 minutes of the flames game and saw one of the craziest endings to ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo September 22nd 2015

Woke up on time but it took a while for the girls to get started. Departed the house at 6:15am for a 9:05am flight and hoped a) we'd packed everything; b) the Tulla was clear; c) queues for NZ were smaller than those for SE Asia on the first Saturday of the school holidays and; d) all of the above. Generally speaking, our wishes were granted. We only discovered we'd forgotten things once we needed them (Dayna's pjs and her black jeans, non-crusty toothpaste and tissues ...) and the automated check-in process was almost problem free. Yes, our first hurdle presented itself at the code sharing partner of Virgin - Air NZ. Dean, thinking it would be 'full service', didn't 'purchase' luggage. Condensing our bags, lightening our wallets, a little reshuffling and presto! We turned to ... read more
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View from Mt John1
View from Mt John2

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo July 26th 2015

Unfortunately for the town of Tekapo, route 8 runs right through it, close to the lake, leaving little room for the town to develop gracefully. There is quite a bit of construction on the waterfront now and the town has some mediocre restaurants and a small, expensive grocery store. But the Mt. John loop made up for all this. It begins about a km or so from the town, close to the hot pools and the snow park cleverly built under the cold shadow of Mt. John. Taking the path along the water rather than the quick ascent through the pine forest, the icy trail rises slowly to incredible views of the intensely blue Lake Tekapo, with a backdrop of white backgrounds in the distance. The trail goes along the side of the mountain so once ... read more
Peninsula and blue
Dead pine forest
Beach and blue

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