Geoff and I got to hide away for the weekend at a fishing crib on the edge of Lake Alexandrina, about 15 minutes drive from Tekapo town centre. We set ourselves a challenge to explore the area and find the best view.
The Godley Valley looked stunning as we flew over, although it can be like Siberia in winter. Aoraki Mt Cook and Mt Tasman were heart stoppingly crisp, just outside my window. While looking down the Franz Josef Glacier, to my old village made me homesick for the Coast.
Geoff’s Favourite. The view from Mt John Observatory was
Geoff’s favourite place and next time we visit we are definitely doing the Earth & Sky tour. Geoff is secretly a bit of a space nut. We have a book on Space Dynamics on the bookshelf at home and he has been to Cape Canaveral to see a rocket launch.
The view of Lake Tekapo on a cloudless day was amazing and the idea of viewing stars, free from light pollution, even more appealing!
2nd =. Alpine Hot Springs. I think that the Alpine Hot Springs have the best soaking views in New Zealand. Set on the edge of Lake Tekapo, the three pools surrounded by landscaped tussock and boulders are the perfect place to end a days adventuring. I also enjoyed the European style cedar sauna and white tiled steam room. Geoff agreed with my assessment and we soaked until we were well marinated and slept like the dead that night.