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