Blogs from Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 4


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo March 15th 2011

This morning we woke to ducks quacking and view when we opened our camper curtain this was remarkable, something we had missed last night as we arrived so late. We put on warm clothes and we’re thinking we might need thermals as the glacier ice coming off the water is FREEZING! Matt wandered to the water’s edge to return to his childhood ways of skimming stones across the water, this proved to be prophetic as when we returned to the camper we learnt from one of our many tourists guides that “skimming stones across the shore of lake Tekapo” is one of the 101 MUST-DO’S for Kiwis! Fab! We then headed off on a hike up Mount John, apparently a 3 hr trek! We did it in around 2.5 hours!! And man what a hike! Heading ... read more
Wow! Turquoise much?!
Oh, how sweet! A romantic location for dinner
Morning sun

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo December 24th 2010

After some much needed sleep last night, Evan and I were up early to visit a local retired art teacher and Maori art advocate. Gavin was an incredible, incredible wealth of experience. We were welcomed into his home freely, and the moment we walked in we saw it: The living room table was completely covered in his beautiful instruments. The first few minutes were just filled ith Evaan and I picking up the instruments and admiring their beauty. The culture places a huge emphasis on decorating their instruments with meaningful carvings. Most of the instruments we saw were beautiful carved with figure of the Maori gods, or depictions of some of their legends. What really impressed me most about Gavin was his interest in interplaying the Arts and Nature. What inspiried this study mostly was the ... read more
New Brighton Beach
Windy Day
The Instruments!

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo December 21st 2010

Today was a busy day of bus activities beginning with a walk up the world's steepest street, Baldwin street! Amazingly we did manage to make it up after all the Ferg Burgers and set off again to the Moeraki Boulders which look like massive bowling balls dotted along the beach! After a photo shoot standing on the spheres we headed into the MacKenzie country to pass by the Benmore Damn, the largest earth damn in the Southern Hemisphere! The next stop however was absolutely beautiful, a crystal blue lake in front of the spectacular snow-topped Mount Cook! We were all a little dazzled by the sparkling water which was to be found again in our stop for the night Lake Tekapo! The sun was once again shining so we enjoyed a few hours lazing by the ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo December 16th 2010

I was still tired this morning, so I didn't do anything but laundry. I gave it two hours' worth of drying in the dryer, and it was still only damp-dry, so I've hung it on a clothesline. I haven't used a clothesline in thirty years, but I think I still remembered how to hang the clothes to best advantage. I finally found some postcards with the Church of the Good Shepherd on them which will serve as Christmas cards. I have mailed them to those friends and family who are not reading my blog. I figure those who are know where I am and what I'm doing better than a Christmas postcard could tell them. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo December 16th 2010

Hi all, having great time, we left Christchurch today 16th, we travelled to Lake Ohau where we are staying in a log cabin at the edge of the lake, it's beautiful! on the way we stopped at Lake Tekapo and saw the church of the good shepard where Janes daughter was married 5yrs ago, very pretty place and very special to Jane and David. Forgot to say we went on the cable car yesterday to the rim of an old and hopefully extinct volcano, unfortunately it was misty so couldnt see very far.Tomorrow we are off to Dunedin, photo's hopefully to follow, havent got the equipment to download here, catch up soon love the Bids xxx... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo December 15th 2010

The stargazing was everything I could have hoped for. They lent us free winter coats, and they had one big enough for me. In fact, mine wasn't even the largest size. It fit *over* my winter-weight windbreaker. I was very, very layered; ordinary underwear, silk underwear, clothes, jacket, winter-weight windbreaker, and winter coat. But I needed every bit of it in the northerly wind on that mountain. I was comfortably warm, but never hot, except on the bus travelling up the mountain to the observatory. My $80 bought two full hours of stargazing time, plus half an hour each way of transportation. I got back to Tailor-Made Tekapo well after 1 a.m., completely disrupting my sleep schedule. (I'd been getting to bed by 7:30 or 8 and to sleep by 8:30 or 9.) They were ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo December 14th 2010

This morning I got out early, and found that it was an easy 15-minute downhill walk into town. Tekapo has a single strip of stores and restaurants by the lake, with scattered houses, motels and bed and breakfasts across the road in the hills above it. I went around behind the stores. There was a dirt path, fairly level, near the lakeside, and I walked along it. There were benches placed at suitable intervals by the local Lions Club; I sat on every one of them. The lake is indeed beautiful, and well-known for its turquoise opacity, which is caused by finely ground stone suspended in the water. It reminded me very much of a lake near my home in West Virginia, though of course that lake does not have the Southern Alps as a ... read more
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
Collie Statue

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo November 22nd 2010

Wednesday 10th November We leave Queenstown early in the morning and we are feeling pretty good due to having two nights in a private room where we could unpack our bags fully and do some laundry. We are headed on a short journey to Dunedin located in the South East of South Island. We drive through the lovely Otago region on our way down to Dunedin and its bright and sunny and the rivers and lakes are crystal clear. The Waitaki and Clutha rivers provide much of the country's hydroelectric power and we see a few dams on the road through Otago which is the second largest province in New Zealand. Dunedin (pop 120,000) is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the principal city of the Otago Region. The Lay Association ... read more
Otago region
Otago region
Otago region

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo October 5th 2010

It seems that after ruining our trip to the glaciers, almost killing us on the road back from Doubtful Sound and almost blowing our campervan over numerous times, New Zealand's weather decided to have one last, cruel laugh at us. We took the long drive from Queenstown to Lake Tekapo via a couple of interesting stops. First off was AJ Hackett's Bungy Centre. Mr Hackett is the founder of bungy jumping and the gorge we stopped at allowed lunatics to jump from a bridge attached to some of Dawn French's knicker elastic for the bargain price of $100 dollars! After watching a few people take the plunge and a couple wimp out at the the last minute, we got back on the road and trudged on towards Mt Cook. The weather was beautiful, sunshine and very ... read more
Moonrise near Mt Cook
Beautiful Moon

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo September 21st 2010

Well we finally got around to updating the blogsite - first day we have had intenet access so far, looks as though our blogging may be hit and miss while travelling around New Zealand. Just had to add a picture for you all to see - my little snow angel, isn't he beautiful, even if he is a little confused. Donna... read more

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