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


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo November 14th 2022

bonjour à tous, Je suis au lac Tekapo, j’avais lu il y’a quelque temps, ce lac est une perle posée au milieu des montagnes. Sa superficie est de 87 km2 à 713m d’altitude. Sa couleur distinctive provient de la neige fondue des montagnes chargée de limon glaciaire. Par temps clair on peut apercevoir le mont Cook 3724m d’altitude point culminant de la NZ. C’est l’endroit le plus ensoleillé de NZ 2400H par an. Il a été reconnu comme une réserve internationale de ciel étoilé, soit pratiquement exempt de pollution lumineuse, idéal pour l’observation des étoiles. Hier au soir il a fait 2 gouttes, et ce soir ça se présente assez mal pour les voir. Le lac Tekapo c’est un centre de loisir été, hiver, malgré que l’on soit en intersaison, je trouve qu’il y a beaucoup ... read more
lac Pukaki
vallée de la Tasman River
vue fin de matinée

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo November 13th 2022

Bonjour à tous, Je commence par une mise en garde. Certaines photos que vous allez voir, vont vous choquer par l’intensités des des couleurs. Re-précision elles ne sont pas retouchées, même moi au naturel j'ai du mal à croire qu'une telle couleur d'eau puisse exister. C'est même un argument touristique de la région. Mon hôtel a Dunedin,très bien un service top, ultra moderne, pour tout ce qui est annexe, une tablette dans la chambre, pour connaitre tous les services proposés. Des commandes d'éclairage, avec boutons sensitifs, variateur, sauf que je n'ai jamais pu éteindre une des lampes, heureusement elle était au mini. le chauffage pareil, à le modernisme, un bon vieux bouton, et on ne complique pas la vie!!!!!!!. Ce matin le pdj seulement à 7h30, pas grave je suis moins pressé qu'hier. Au service, je ... read more
lac Pukaki
cap Wanbrow
les pingouins

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo May 10th 2021

We are down to the last day of our stay at Lake Tekapo and as we had hoped the dip in the hot tub on the deck at night has made our stay here very relaxing. We are pinching ourselves because we had found such a restful accommodation. There had been a bit more rain overnight but the prospects for a reasonable day without any further rain was on the cards which will ensure we get around the three close locations to the township that we want to explore and get a feeling for the history of this unique part of New Zealand. Heading out for some sightseeing our first location to visit were the twin lakes of Lake McGregor and Lake Alexandrina to the northwest of Tekapo township. From Tekapo you can’t see these lakes ... read more
Looking a bit dark and ominous,Lake Tekapo
Holiday baches,Lake Alexandrina
Autumn leaves,Lake Alexandrina

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo May 9th 2021

The weather forecast had had warnings for the past 2 days and overnight the rain arrived in Lake Tekapo although it wasn’t loud enough on the roof of our accommodation to wake us. However, as daylight increased and the mountain and lake scenery that had been there yesterday didn’t reappear it seemed clear that the rain was going to be with us for a good part of the day. And so it turned out and finally we had a use for the tin of baked beans we purchased almost 3 weeks ago in Picton. To date there has only been one day when it rained at lunchtime when we weren’t in transit between towns and for some reason I cannot remember what we did for lunch on that rainy day in Fox Glacier. Never mind it ... read more
Side photo of the Church of the Good Shepherd,Lake Tekapo
Clearing skies over Lake Tekapo
The church...again from a little further away

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo May 8th 2021

We had a great night’s sleep in our studio unit above the town of Lawrence but we couldn’t afford to be too long lying in bed as it is a lengthy drive to Lake Tekapo today. Looking out down on the valley that the town sits in we expected to see the houses laid out before us but a heavy fog had descended and we could hardly see the exit from the property to the driveway that we would eventually have to negotiate. The weather forecast had rain in it for later in the day as we drove our way north and we hoped that the fog was not a fore runner of this. The owners of the studio unit we stayed in overnight had not been home when we arrived from Invercargill or when we ... read more
Historic Clyde
Grand building in historic Clyde
Main street was deserted as everyone was packing out the cafes in Clyde

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

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