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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 10th 2014

Geo: -44.0074, 170.483We had checked out of our hotel by 9, and headed to a nearby campground for todays hike. We would start with the popular Hookers Valley track and see how we went from there. Visibility was down from yesterday, and with mist and cloud looming, we elected to pack our rain jackets. It turned out to be a smart move. In the first instance, early in the walk it was just a battle against high winds, whipping through the valley and making it tricky to walk in a straight line. It was a pretty track, winding over hills and through the valley beneath huge snow coated mountains.There were three impressive swing bridges to negotiate along the way, suspended high over icy aqua rivers, each made to feel a little more perilous by the increasing ... read more
Duck Family
Hooker Valley Track Mount Cook
Hooker Valley Track Mount Cook

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 September 22nd 2013

Geo: -44.0074, 170.483Day 13 – 21/9Lake Tekapo to Hanmer SpringsIt's another fine day in Mackenzie Country as we hit the road at 8.00am this morning and head to Hanmer Springs. We have decided the take the longer drive instead of breaking the journey and this will now put us one day ahead of our schedule.The countryside is less than inspiring as we leave Lake Tekapo but it soon picks up as we head over the Burke Pass down onto the Canterbury Plains where there are chocolate box portraits at every corner. I search to take the quintessential NZ photo with thousands of sheep in the paddock and snow capped mountains in the background but do you think I can find the two together……. NO!We meander into the town of Geraldine and look for the museum touting ... read more
Canterbury Country
The Mud House - North of Christchurch
The Heritage Hotel Hanmer Springs

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 November 7th 2012

Geo: -44.0074, 170.483New Zealand is expensive! We realized that the travel life of no cooking had to come to an abrupt stop. We cannot possibly afford to eat in restaurants. Each day here we have adjusted our practices…we've even eliminated our daily purchased cup of coffee; we've bought coffee mugs and are making our own now. Wine and beer are no longer a daily given. Private bathrooms are just too dear for this budget. Thankfully, we have stopped here with the cutbacks; we are in hostels but I am not ready to sleep in a dorm (although Jim would probably consider it). Even Internet access is not all that available and is costly so our blog entries while in New Zealand have been less frequent.New Zealand is a nature-lover's paradise. We are hiking daily and in ... read more
Is This a Screensaver?!
Dusty Roads
Lake Tekapo Colour from 'Rock Flour'

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