We left Christchurch for a lazy long drive to Lake Tekapo
Stopping on the way to watch brave predominately young people Bungee jump (AJ Hackett Bungy). I posted and teased my friends that it was I making the jump as you do. Not many believed me and those who know me well knew that there was no way I would do that. Beside now that I am the proud owner of a puffer coat jacket, there was no way I was going to take it of. It’s like walking around in a respectable sleeping bag.
We also stopped at Arrowtown
Arrowtown established in 1862 during the height of the Otago Gold Rush.
Chinese migrants built themselves a village in 1886 on the banks of the river. No home comfort here, flipping freezing conditions, and boy were they short, we discovered this as we toured the inside of the huts. Brave hard working people, so far from home, sending back every penny they could to their families.
Some of the first boat people perhaps?
By this time of day my gums are numb from the cold, best sort something out so….
Time for some mulled wine
Had the best mulled wine at one of the local traditional small bars.
Had the golden opportunity to stop at a tree on our way out of Arrowtown so ones relative could relieve himself against a tree (I wonder at the significance of a tree, something to aim for?), some of us have no shame and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Lake Tekapo is small and packs a punch, the view is stunning the hospitality exceptional
Once settled at Lake Tekapo Holiday Park and Motel, another drink in hand, staring at the magnificent mountains across the lake looking a bit puzzled and realised it was snowing, this is a first for us.
We held tiny snow flakes
Holding out our hands, grasping the tiny flakes, watching as a white fluffy blanket covered every surface and eventually every nook and cranny.
We ate, we drank, we laughed, we watched people up a bit from where we were staying, soaking up everyone else’s germs in the Tekapo hot pools (a tourist highlight here). We tiki toured (did a reconnoitre of the joint) the surroundings.
When leaving the chap behind the desk made sure he knew where our next destination was giving welcomed advice, discussing snow chains, black ice and driving conditions in general. Am I scared, well maybe a little, blooming tourist!
Thank you Lake Tekapo you are truly amazing
No not a sponsored post I don’t do those. Thought the links would be handy so you could see for yourselves.
One or two more posts to follow on Queenstown
Yes I have no idea as I haven’t written them yet
I fly by the seat of my pants somedays
Then my short story on the scariest drive up a mountain