Gorgeous Aoraki/Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo

Sunset, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and Lake Tekapo on the South Island of New Zealand are two of the most beautiful, special places we’ve been… anywhere… ever.

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

We drove to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park from Twizel for a morning hike. Upon arrival were confronted with clouds. Driving along Lake Pukaki, we couldn’t see any mountains around us.
Lake Pukaki, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

We had heard the hike to Kea Point offered fabulous views. We couldn’t see anything along the way, and when we got to the viewpoint, all we could see was cloud and fog. It was a whiteout.
Kea Point, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

We laughed a bit at our lack of luck and sat down to rest. And then it started to clear. Little by little, more and more, we could see mountains and glaciers and we were in awe.
Kea Point, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

Kea Point, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

Kea Point, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

On the return hike, we were giddy seeing new things we hadn’t seen on the way up.
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

Kea Point track, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

And by the time we got back to the car park we were astonished. Sarah spent the entire drive back down Lake Pukaki turned around in her seat staring at the majestic scenery behind us.
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo is a super small town on a pretty big lake. It’s a tourist destination because it has a pretty church on a hill (the Church of the Good Shepherd) and a statue of a dog (the Mackenzie Sheepdog) and because it has some of the clearest viewing of the night sky in the area. We spent two nights at The Chalet – a wonderful place owned by two Swiss Kiwis. We had views right out on the lake, which we stared at all day. We could also hop out onto our terrace at night and stare up at the incredible stars. For two days we took walks around the lake and on its rocky shore and across the bridge and took pictures of the church and the dog and looked out at the lake and up at the stars and life was pretty perfect.
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Lake Tekapo bridge, New Zealand

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

The Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Mackenzie Sheepdog Statue, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Sunset, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Sunset, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Sunset, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

But all good things must come to an end. And this trip sadly was. Our next drive would be to our last stop… Christchurch.

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2 Replies to “Gorgeous Aoraki/Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo”

  1. Was supposed to try to head to Tekapo this month to catch the lights. Unfortunately a cyst rupture prevented that from happening! Glad to see you enjoyed it!

    1. Sarah and Justin says: Reply

      You should definitely try to make the trip when you’re feeling better. It was one of our favorite places in the whole world. So peaceful and beautiful.

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