After Arthur’s Pass National Park, we made a stop at the famous Lake Tekapo (teeka-poe). This glacial lake has an aquamarine-blue color that is postcard perfect and therefore, is a must-see! While the lakeside views were impressive, especially once the sun started to peak out, the best view was atop Mt. John (1,031 meters/3,383 feet) at the Mt. John Astro Cafe. We enjoyed some delicious warm beverages as we gazed out over the serene water and surrounding mountains.
While time for reflecting is always great, it can be pretty boring (especially for blog readers), so once the beverages were gone it was time to do some off-the-beaten-path exploring. Our venturing took us just down the road to an obscure peninsula track that, when slightly modified, had us standing beneath 30 meter (90 foot) white sandstone bluffs (aka the White Bluffs of Tekapo) and applying glacial lake mud masks! It seems that the only ones who know about this beautiful detour are the hundreds of bunnies (yes, rabbits) that seem to own this peninsula! Unfortunately, we overlooked taking pictures of the rabbit holes despite their impressive size and locations – some were perched 20 meters up the side of the bluff (now that’s pristine waterfront property right there)!
Seeing as Lake Tekapo is located in an International Dark Sky Reserve the evening was spent stargazing and of course, taking long exposure snapshots. With the Milky Way spilling across the sky, the Southern Cross rising, and the familiar constellation of Orion hanging upside down we counted satellite after satellite and made a handful of WOLO-wishes on the shooting stars!
Next stop: Mt. Aoraki (Mt. Cook)
Song lyrics: Incubus “Wish You Were Here”
– Go. Change your state of mind.