New Zealand Day 21 – Lake Tekapo

We woke to overcast but brighter skies this morning, with a small patch of blue sky that grew as the morning progressed. The cloud didn’t completely disappear, but it didn’t need to.  The turquoise lake with its backdrop of snow-capped mountains is so pretty – it’s spectacular.

We drove up Mt John to the observatory. The views from up there are amazing. It’d be great to do a night-time tour of the observatory and get to see the stars through the telescopes, but there is too much cloud around for that. The skies here are supposed to be extremely clear and starry – when it’s not cloudy. We’re here for another couple of nights but I don’t think clear night skies are in the forecast.

From there we drove back down and went to have a look at Tekapo A Hydro station. The canal leading from the power station is just as blue as the lake and very obviously a good place to fish. There were two fishermen trying to catch a rather large fish that kept jumping out of the water near them. I’m sure it was laughing at them as it jumped!

We had lunch in one of the trendy cafes in Tekapo and did a quick Internet check. We don’t have any internet access where we are staying. We needed to order a new modem so that there’s a chance it might arrive before we get home. Hopefully it will and Tanisha will be there to sign for it, otherwise we’ll be without phone or Internet for the weekend when we get home and we’ll have to pick it up from the post office on Monday.

After lunch we drove along the eastern shore of the lake, out towards the Roundhill ski area. The views across the lake were beautiful. There was sunshine, blue skies and fluffy white clouds. The amazingly blue lake in the foreground and the snowy peaks of the Southern Alps lined up on its far shore, all a splendid sight.

Back in our holiday home we are sitting in the living room looking out the big picture window and over the blue lake to the gorgeous snowy peaks beyond and wondering how much of a view the place will have when the land for sale next door is developed. I guess there’ll still be the view of the peaks further south from the balcony, the bedroom and the other windows along that side of the house.

And now there’s thunder so we may yet get rain tonight.

It did rain a little but the sun stayed on the peaks across the lake until sunset. There was also a vibrant rainbow. As we go to bed it’s raining again, heavier and steadily this time.

Mt John Observatory

Mt John Observatory

Lake Tekapo Village from Mt John

Lake Tekapo Village from Mt John

Lake Tekapo from Mt John

Lake Tekapo from Mt John

Today's View from Highview

Today's View from Highview

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo

Tekapo A Hydro Station

Tekapo A Hydro Station

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo

Tekapo Rainbow

Tekapo Rainbow

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