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


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo March 19th 2015

Klart blåt vand Så var det mod Lake Tekapo. Det skulle nok blive godt! Jeg har hørt at vandet i søen skulle have en helt fantastisk blå farve! Jeg glædede mig til at se om det var rigtigt. Vi stoppede et par steder på vejen til Tekapo. Et af stederne stoppede vi for at få et godt billede af Aoraki/Mt. Cook. Aoraki er det navn Maorierne har for bjerget. Det er det eneste landemærke, hvor Maorinavnet kommer før det engelske navn. Det blev navngivet Mt. Cook efter Kaptajn James Cook, der var den første fremmede, der opdagede New Zealand, men selvom Aoraki/Mt. Cook er New Zealands højeste, blev det aldrig opdaget af Kaptajn James Cook, men der var nogen der synes det skulle navngives efter ham. Jeg synes personligt at Aoraki er et flottere navn. På ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo November 5th 2014

Even the rain could not put a downer on our mood the first night and morning in the van. We had a fair amount of driving to do and our first proper stop was lake tekapo (not lake teapot as my autocorrect would have you believe). This is truly an incredibly scenic spot, a small stone church nestles on the lakeside, picture postcard pretty with the bluest of blue waters, surrounded by rugged hills and mountains. We climbed mount john, the site of a famous observatory and took a proper long look at the lake from every angle. The next day we returned on a night time star gazing tour. The headlights were turned off on the minivan as we wound our way up the mountain road (quite a nerve wracking experience when there are sheer ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo April 26th 2014

So our road trip adventure began today! We arrived in Christchurch on Sunday and had 2 nights in a hotel there we tried to get our campervan early but there weren't any available so stayed the extra night in the hotel. It was actually quite sad being there after the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 there was so much devastation left behind even 4 years later it felt like a bit of a ghost town really. So many businesses were shut down where there's obviously not a lot of tourism anymore and from the damage as well. We went into an information centre that had been created to let people know about it showing how it looked before, pictures of the aftermath, videos of peoples experiences and what they are doing now to rebuild the city. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo March 4th 2014

In the morning it was finally time to say goodbye to Queenstown, it was a dad day for me, I could have stayed there for much longer. We said our goodbyes to the only remaining survivors Max, Billie and Zoe then jumped on the bus. There had been a sprinkling of snow overnight on the top of the mountains surrounding Queenstown which made it look even nicer. En route to Lake Tekapo we stopped off at another lake which was the nicest, brightest, I've blue coloured lake I have ever seen! We then carried on to Tekapo which is known as 'The Gateway to the Universe' because it has some of the best views of space in the whole world. As I love space and stars (it fascinated me as a youngster) me, Freeman, Vicky and ... read more
Sky blue
Lake Tekapo
Amazing hostel living room view

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo December 16th 2013

This is how I had always imagined NZ to be! Sparkling turquoise lakes and a backdrop of snow tipped mountain ranges. And Tekapo doesn't disappoint... It was just apologies offered for splashing about the superlatives but I don't know how else to describe this landscape. True, there can be miles of flat, almost boring plains, but then you turn a corner and...Ka Pow! Your blown away. We switched to Camper van after Christchurch, and are now doing our second overnight in her. Why do we tend to call boats, cars, etc after women? We still haven't given her a name, but she is big. Almost obese. And she is thirsty. In fact maybe we should call her know..Patsy's pal in Abfab? It'll come to me about 2 am...that's 1 pm your time. And we ... read more
Lake Tekapo
Lake Pukaki

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo December 13th 2013

Friday 13th December, 2013. Mount Cook National Park - Day 2 & Lake Tekapo, McKenzie County, South Island, NZ D woke up quite early and, after opening the curtains, declared that the weather seemed to be a bit better today. He took a photo of Mt Cook from the window. After breakfast we loaded up the car and then drove to the Mount Cook campsite car park where there were a couple of walks that we wanted to do. The first one was called the Kea Point Walk. Like the Tasman Glacier View walk it was described as easy. This time, it was a little more accurate. This walk was well trodden, and only slightly undulating. It concentrated on the flora and fauna of the area and took you to a lookout point that looked over ... read more
31. M at 1st Swing Bridge
42. Lake Pulali from Peter's Lookout
43. D at Peters Lookout

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo February 26th 2013

I had been a tough start to 2013. My brother has a heart condition and a gastro bug took out his heart. He was choppered by the emergency helicopter to Waikato Hospital, before being flown to Auckland Hospital. It was a close to 99% he wouldn't survive. The surgeon outlined the options to us. An emergency surgery in the morning, which has a near 100% chance of killing him, or we wait until he passes. We pressed forth with the operation, hoping for a miracle. Our family drove up to Auckland in the middle of the night from Ohakune, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Tauranga. Some forked out nearly a $1000 to fly up to be with us. It was a long day, with little news. Lets say, the muffin break cafe in the hospital did a roaring ... read more
Wellington City
Cook Strait
Kaikoura Peninsular

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo September 13th 2012

In somewhat of a sulk (due to our cancelled Milford Sound trip) we boarded the 8am bus bound for Lake Tekapo: a supposedly beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. Entombed by the snowy caps of Queenstown we were informed by the driver that the terrible cold front was very restricted to the Qtown area only and that the rest of the country was experiencing rather more spring-like weather. He could not have been more accurate. Smothered in fleeces, hoodies, vests and t-shirts, Kayleigh and I soon found ourselves stripping off layers about 15 minutes out of Queenstown. The sun was booming, and our spirits were lifting. After a scenic 4 hour bus we arrived at Tekapo to see unquestionably the 'blue-est' lake with beautiful snow capped mountains all around. We were told by the driver that the ... read more
The view from Mt John
Out the window of Thai Tekapo...charming, friendly little place
Lake Tekapo

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo April 22nd 2012

Playing serious catchup now. It doesn't take long to get behind as we are covering so much ground now and can't keep up. So this blog will just be a few pics that were meant to go on the previous one. Today we Left Lake Tekapo and moved on to Mt Cook, only a short trip but well worth the effort. We are still catching our breath from todays scenery..............more on that tomoro. The pics are for the previous blog, remember, you can enlarge by clicking on them. Till tomoro A&M... read more
Cafe at top of Mt John
Street in Timaru
Scene in Timaru

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo April 20th 2012

Well, so much has happened since we started that it's difficult to keep it all in perspective. After dropping of our excess and unwanted items (too much baggage again!) at our friends place we set out south from Christchurch to Akaroa. Having read so much about this place we were still thrilled by the spectacular scenery on the way up the mountains and down the other side into the large volcanic waterway with Akaroa and other little villages perched on it's waterfront. Akaroa is a pretty little scenic town which had been settled by the French in 1840 and still is supposed to have descendents from that time living there. They were a tad slow in taking "possession" as trhe Brits beat them to it! The town earns it's tourist reputation from it's "French flavour" which ... read more
Canterbury Plains
enroute  Akaroa
Akaroa 1

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