This morning we said goodbye to Akaroa and began our scenic drive to Lake Tekapo.
There were a few new friends we had to farewell first, though.
(There was also a really really loud cow who kept mooing all the time, her moos echoing over the whole city. We could even hear her when sitting at the end of the pier and inside our insulated cottage.)
And some scenery to marvel at:
It was a more overcast day today and there was a magical sunset effect over the snow-capped mountains and a lot of really menacing looking clouds on our journey.
This was our route:
And this was what we saw on the way:
The scenery was so spectacular that I didn’t even fall asleep once today as I normally do as the passenger in a car for longer than half an hour.
A lot of these photos were just taken while we were in motion so sometimes the framing is a bit hit and miss (you can see one photo above where I’m actually in the photo still). My favourite, randomly framed photo was this one where I have managed to capture the amazing mountain view and a silhouette of a signal post.
We stopped at Salmon World for lunch but the actual world part was closed and only the cafe and giftshop were open. But that didn’t stop me from getting a photo with the big salmon.
We had some warm, comforting food for lunch in the form of a salmon pizza and some sour cream with a side of nachos.
At around 3pm we arrived in Lake Tekapo.
Growing up in North Queensland, I don’t have a great appreciation for changing landscapes with different seasons, but I think I do now. Tekapo is such a different place in Winter compared to when we last visited in Summer.
We stopped in at the tavern while we sicced our champion travel agent, Jason, on some poor unfortunates who had booked us at the wrong accommodation. This gave us some time to enjoy some Speight’s by a log fire.
Jason worked his magic and we were able to check in to our palatial apartment with fantastic mountain views:
I relaxed in a toasty warm bath in the massive bathtub and then we walked down to the resort restaurant for dinner.
We ordered a platter showcasing local produce, featuring venison, smoked salmon, pork salami, venison salami, blue cheese, grapes, honey roasted walnuts and beetroot relish, amongst other treats.
Speaking of amazing local produce, this is the swede that we bought to make soup two nights ago. It is the size of a toddler’s head and had a delightful creamy texture which the midget swedes found in Australia just don’t have.
So in summary, both New Zealand scenery and food gets a big tick of approval. Now it’s time to curl up with the heater on for a long sleep to dream of snow.