Thursday, April 01, 2010

The Holiday write-up(5) ChristChurch - Lake tekapo



By the time we have gotten through Christchurch proper and found the state highway 1 the rain was coming down in sheets ...But we were in good time despite a fairly long car ride ahead of us to our intended stop over at lake Tekapo... After a while of driving we reached Rakia ... Still raining, but there is a nice cafe there and a giant trout statue ... I've posted the trout picture before ...The Ice cold rain ensure we did a quick sprint to the cafe only this time....



We're losing a lot of the Kiwi style cafe's ... Food is often now pre-packaged and the same plastic crap where-ever you go ... I'm pleased to say this is less of a problem in the South island  and we treated ourself to some wonderful pies and sausages stuffed  with Potato mash ... Not diet food but man it tasted damned good .... 





Then another drive to Ashburton ... A town ship with a good tourist advice centre... A lovely woman rang around for us as we had no accommodation for the night in Tekapo ... But she found a place for us on the side of the Lake. The unit having a complete view across the lake and to the mountains north of it ....



Another drive south and then we turned inland meandering to the lake through another township called Geraldine....A pretty place ...We could live here I mentioned to McD as we drove through missing the turnoff ......



The weather was improving as we drove along ... We stopped at a vantage point to look across a valley ..



 



And then as McD drove I took some shots from the car as we gained height .....







The first 'dustings' of snow had fallen on the mountain tops the night before .... 























And then we arrived - Our first glimpse of Lake Tekapo - The amazing colour is from the glacial flour (Ground rock) thats brought down from the mountains ...... 

























Two Most distinctive mad made features of the lake 1st 

Lake Tekapo, Church of the Good Shepard


 

 



The Hitchhikers guide to the Universe  tells us this was  built in 1935 to the glory of God as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie Country. Congregations of the three main faiths worship regularly in the Church, which offers awe inspiring views of the lake and mountains through the altar window.








We are not sure what the woman in the picture was doing ...She suddenly appeared from the bottom of the picture adjusting her garments ....!!  I'll say no more ...... 



But is there a church with a better view anywhere ?? Let me know :O) 

 





















1 comment:

Ann said...

What a great holiday. The weather focus for Sunday is pouring rain. I hope you are not driving that day.

In 2000, we traveled a month, and we booked with Top 10, for a family of 5, 2 teens and one toddler, their motels and cabins were quite adequate for us.