This month had us travelling and enjoying more of the Mackenzie Country area before making our way back up through Fairlie and to Christchurch where we took a day trip up to Kaikoura. As always with New Zealand the weather has been extremely changeable this month; bitterly cold with snow on the ground one day and t-shirts a few days later.
It certainly got a bit chilly parked up by Lake Ohau with a few days of bitterly cold winds and constant grey low cloud, dramatic, but not human or camera friendly! You do have to have days like that though to really appreciate the beauty you are presented with when the clouds finally lift and the sun starts to shine.
As well as the plentiful walking opportunities we have also taken ourselves along back roads we've not ventured down in previous trips. This meant the long and spectacular road from Tekapo to Mount Cook on the eastern side of Lake Pukaki. Wow, what a beautiful drive that is along, seemingly, endless gravel roads with views that just keep getting better. Rounding the final corner and seeing the lake is always breathtaking which we have done many times, however, coming around a different corner for a different view for the first time was amazing. We have a few 'favourite picnic spots' but this new view down the lake to Mt Cook was nothing short of spectacular :-)
One of the highlights for the month was a very early start to get walking around Lake Tekapo and up to the Mt John Observatory. It's one of those walks where the higher you get the better the view is. On this occasion we decided to walk along the lake first and then down into the village through the trees. Starting the walk in fog was eerie, but, did make for some great photographic opportunities and I really had to remind myself to keep moving as I was supposed to be getting up the hill before it became too hot. It does make for a great loop walk, however, the trudge up or down through the trees is pretty boring so next time I'll go up via the lake and back down the same way.......get to enjoy the stunning views twice, perfect ;-)
As always here are a few pictures for you to enjoy of our most recent travels. Can't quite believe but the next time I write here it will be at the start of 2018, wow, where did that year ago. Hope you have a very enjoyable Christmas and a great new year.