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Day 1: Tekapo to Twizel

sunny 20 °C

Isn't a 5.30am alarm a sure sign of an adventure? We groaned but we're out of bed smartly and away.

The cycle to the bus depot was chilly, and dark. Must have been about 5 degrees! We were the only folk on the bus, and flew to Tekapo under a starry sky. We breakfast ed on the shores at the only early morning cafe option. Average food and laughably grumpy service, but inside as the day broke. Mountains turned from black to tussock, and the lake showed herself. Pretty start to our adventure.

After climbing a little and hurtling down a rocky decline, we found ourselves beside the Tekapo canal. This was our way for 25km. And it was beautiful. Flat, blue, and calming. There was roadway, some sealed some not, alongside. Besides a few fishermen here and there we were alone in this huge amphitheater.

We stopped at the head of the canal for a snack. Aoraki was gleaming, majestic above the Southern Alps. Next we dropped down 150m to the shore of Lake Pukaki. Our fasted couple of kilometers i'm sure. Thankfully on sealed road. Then along the glacial lake front for about 10km. It was even warm enough to shed a layer of merino.

We lunched on salmon sashimi on the lakefront. The sun, the lake, the mountain! Spectacular. Hundreds of tourists thought so too. It was an out of the box day. Postcards are made on days such as these. We enjoyed a long break, especially since we just had 10km to go. That last stretch took us away from the lakes, and across the tussock grass lands. Interesting contrast.

We were chuffed to make it back to our motel. High five!

We relaxed for the rest of afternoon, Easter Sunday at the motel.

Posted by kkoopmanschap 21:39 Archived in New Zealand

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