|Along the way to Lake Tekapo|
|Panorama view of Lake Tekapo|
|Panoramic View from Mount John|
We decided to drive up to Mount John to have a panoramic view of Lake Tekapo and Lake Alexandrina first before checking in to our holiday home. It took us about 30mins to drive from Lake Tekapo to the summit of Mount John. Note that there's a $5 fee for road access payable at the base of Mount John and the road up Mount John closes at 6pm. Hence, if you are planning to drive up Mount John to see stars in the night skies, you will have to sign up for the star gazing tour by Earth and Sky.
|View from Mount John|
|Observatory on Mount John|
|Hot chocolate - Astro Cafe|
We then drove down Mount John and went back to Lake Tekapo. Lupins started growing along Lake Tekapo.
|Beautiful turquoise color of Lake Tekapo|
|Playing waters of Lake Tekapo. The water was so cold!|
|Our cosy holiday home ensuite with fully equipped kitchen|
|Home cooked steak in our Holiday Home!|
At night, we tried capturing some stars in the clear skies.
The next day, we drove along Lake Pukaki. Lake Pukaki was around 30 minutes drive from Lake Tekapo. The turquoise color of Lake Pukaki was more beautiful and stunning than Lake Tekapo! I super love Lake Pukaki!
We walked down to the lakeside of Lake Pukaki and took a close up view of the turquoise waters!
While driving along Lake Pukaki, we stopped by Lake Pukaki Visitor Centre. There's a Mount Cook Alpine Salmon shop here.
And so, we bought some salmon sashimi and ate by Lake Pukaki, admire the beautiful turquoise waters. The sashimi was so fresh and yummy!
Blue Lake and Tasman Glacier View walk
Time required: 45 minutes return
Difficulty: Easy with steps to climb
Height gain: 100m
Start point: Blue lake carpark (Along the road to Mount Cook village, there's a sign "Tasman", turn into the road and drive for another 5 mins to reach the carpark)
|Blue Lake Carpark|
|Starting of the walk|
|Blue Lake that's not blue|
Tasman Glacier has retreated so much that it's no longer visible from here. All we could see is only the Glacier Lake with some ice bergs in the lake. Nonetheless, the view is still pretty.
Hooker Valley Track
Time required: 3 hours return from carpark
Difficulty: Easy, mostly flat grounds with some slopes
Height gain: 80m over 5km
Start point: White Horse Hill campground and car park (drive past Mount Cook village and continue on the road to the carpark)
|Starting point of Hooker Valley Track|
There were 3 bridges to cross for the track, it seems like one bridge marked one quarter of track completed. The views were great! Imagine walking in the mountains! The end point of Hooker Valley Track is the view of the Hooker Glacier and the glacier lake. We were a bit disappointed with the glacier lake though, as the icebergs on the glacier lake were quite dirty.
|Grey skies :( Could not get a clear picture of the skyline and the mountains|
|The first bridge|
|The second bridge|
|Half way through Hooker Valley Track|
|Finally reached the end point of Hooker Valley Track!|
|The white patch of snow on the mountain is Hooker Glacier|
After another night stay at Lake Tekapo, we said bye bye to Lake Tekapo and proceeded to Queenstown, Te Anau, Milford Sound! Stay tune for Part 3!