Thursday – Arthurs Pass to Lake Tekapo

 

We started the day with a hearty breakfast and a half day trek to the Bridal Veil falls and back. Unfortunately these were a little disappointing as you couldn’t get very close and the view was obscured by heavily overgrown bush. Despite that, the trek through the beech forest was a lovely walk.

Then on to Lake Tekapo. This was a long drive, over 300 kms, and took us all afternoon, not helped by our frequent photo stops! Here is a picture of the Waimakariri river valley as you leave Arthurs Pass…

Later, the scenery started to change, first to the more arid foothill shown below, and then to the vast expanse of the Canterbury Plains.

We finally arrived at Lake Tekapo just as the sun was going down, just in time to grab this shot of the lovely little Church of the Good Shepherd which sits quietly on the lakeshore.

Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo

Then to our campsite, also right on the lake shore. It was pretty busy here, with all the motels and cabins taken and only a few tent pitches left. I think there were a lot of people escaping the Christchurch earthquake had come to Tekapo to get away and to find temporary schooling for their kids.

Again we got a pitch overlooking the lake…

… and while I sizzled some steaks on the barbie, Megan took a couple of shots of the lake at sunset …

Lake Tekapo at Sunset

Lake Tekapo Sunset

And so ended the fifth day.

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