- The views on this stretch of road are spectacular. November snow made the ranges glow. Certainly an enjoyable day on the road. We had a walk around and then lunch at The Hermitage. There are plenty of walks here, short or long to suit any experience or desire. Tony’s great niece came to work at The Hermitage eight years ago for a brief stint, and is still there now, a partner from Nepal and two children later. Must be a great place to work, she certainly seems very happy. We turned off a road travelling down from The Hermitage, just to see where it went, and were amazed to find a large car park full of vehicles and people preparing to leave on tramps. We remember those days well, packs loaded, wine too of course, and off on another adventure. What fun it was but don’t miss the nights in huts shared with many others making all sorts of noises in their sleep! The fun compensated for that though. Our adventures these days are much more sedate. Plenty of biking keeps the legs moving without wearing us out with an all day tramp. Whew!
- We have had two visits to Tekapo this year. The wild lupins this time in the early summer are spectacular. They line the roadsides just as the wildflowers did on the Auckland motorways a few years ago. There are many beautiful colours too, pink, yellow, mauve. A sight to give many pleasure. We didn’t see these on our last few trips in the late summer and autumn so that was something new, many tourists had their cameras clicking along with us.
- If you go to Tekapo don’t miss going to the hot pools. These are on the hill by the motorcamp with great views over Lake Tekapo. If you go onto the website “Bookme” you can get them at half price at certain times. This applies to a huge number of activities in many parts of New Zealand. Boat trips, meals, massages etc, just put in the area you want to look at and you’ll be amazed.
- The NZMCA has a property where motorhomers can stay in Tekapo. It is beside Lake Tekapo – tried to catch a trout, but it wasn’t to be – and an easy walk or bike ride into the town. We love to go into town, past the famous little old church on the waterfront- The Church of the Good Shepherd – which thousands of tourists visit each week. You can stand inside and look through the front of the church where a window frames the beautiful view of the lake. They are always improving things in Tekapo, putting in new car parks, bike trails etc, working to make life easier for their locals and thousands of tourists who visit their area. We also love their bar/ cafe/ restaurants that look out over the lake. Last time we were sitting outside watching two rabbits playing near the grass, fascinating for the tourists at the table next to us, this time a new car park had been developed there and our entertainment was watching the setting up of a ready made (in Auckland) toilet block. We watched as it was craned into place, the water was connected, final landscaping completed and the next day it was ready to go. Looked fabulous, very classy, good to see the tourists being catered for in this way.