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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tiki Tour 2012 - Lake Tekapo to Queenstown

The view over Lake Tekapo, as we ate breakfast this morning :)

So, what's all this about a Tiki Tour you might well ask?! Well, we left home on Sunday 8th Jan and headed down to Christchurch ready for a hot-air balloon flight over the Canterbury Plains. However, it was cancelled due to poor weather, so we have continued on with the rest of our "Tiki Tour" as planned. We will alter our route home so that we can try to go hot-air ballooning again on Saturday morning. Hot-air ballooning is something I have wanted to do since I was a small child, and finally, more than 30 years later my dream has come true thanks to the Wifie! She has bought tickets for all three of us to go up in a hot-air balloon as birthday presents for Sonny Jim and me. We had had our balloon trip booked for 9th Jan for almost a week, when on Saturday morning (7th) we woke to the dreadful news of a fatal hot-air balloon crash near Carterton in the North Island. Those poor people, it must have been unimaginably horrible. Hopefully we will have better luck when it is our turn though. . .

Our first stop at Lake Tekapo was the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd, which must surely be one of the most beautifully located churches in the world. Next, we found a fantastic campsite at Lake Tekapo, right by the water's edge and in a lovely wooded setting with plenty of space between tent sites. The perfect spot for us to take our new tent on its maiden voyage, so to speak! I am very happy to report that the tent went up without a problem, and we were able to take it down this morning even easier! A very good investment!

After breakfast (see photo of our view above) we set off to Queenstown via Aoraki, Wanaka and the Crown Range Pass, NZ's highest sealed road. . .

Aoraki/Mount Cook - NZ's tallest mountain

Lake Wanaka

Crown Range Pass - not sealed until the year 2000.

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