The drive from Queenstown to Lake Tekapo was absolutely beautiful. When I come back to NZ one day I would definitely opt to rent a car–so many spots to stop off the beaten path and enjoy the scenery.
Lake Tekapo is roughly half way between Queenstown and Christchurch. It’s a very very small tourist town with under 500 permanent residents. My hostel was right on the lake and I relaxed on the beach yesterday afternoon–a nice change of pace from Queenstown. In honour of Elai, I returned to a restaurant I had spotted earlier for a yummy meal–bread and dip platter and pork belly! So nom.
I got up this morning and headed up Mt John. As per usual, awesome views from the top of Lake Tekapo, well known for its bright blue water. There is also a pretty well known observatory at the top of Mt John that is used primarily by the University of Canterbury and is renowned as one of the best in the world for viewing the Southern skies.