A dear little town we stayed in for the night. Some very expensive shops with lots of New Zealand wool products! Known as a boutique town on the way to Mt Cook I guess it does well with tourists! (But not us!)
Up and downtown for a quick look at Geraldine in the daylight! Then on the way to Mt Cook (Aoraki) before the weather sets in. So far a fine day with a little cloud so hoping to get to see her peak before the weather sets in. The countryside is beautiful and we pass through several small towns including Fairlie.
We are amazed at the amount of traffic on the road! So different to our visit in 2001. When we arrive at Lake Tekapo we cannot believe the growth. Motels and cabins and a shopping centre now surround the beautiful Church of The a Good Shepherd! Still a magnificent sight but so many tourists! How rude! 😂 we take our pictures and move on as another hour to the Mt Cook Village. Cars everywhere, stopping all over the place! We come across a women crouched on the road to take a photo and then stands and steps backwards without looking. Graeme moves past with his hand on the horn! No idea these people!
The lake is a magic blue and we are blessed with a view of the peak of Aoraki (Mt Cook) however by the time we arrive it is shrouded in cloud but still imposing! We visit the centre and look around and then move to the Hermitage Lodge for some lunch. My goodness! It was huge with hundreds of Chinese tourists with their own buffet and dining area. The rest was like a cafeteria where you line up with a tray! Took a while - the men had a pie and Janice and I a toasted sandwich! In 2001 Graeme and I were just a handful of people visiting here!
After lunch we set off for the couple of hundred kilometres to Omaru where we will have a couple of nights. We fuel up at the roadhouse and then head towards Twizel where Graeme and I spent a very spooky night in 2001. We are very surprised to find that tourism has had a major effect on the town and it was very different!
A great trip to Omaru along the Waitaki River with the most beautiful autumn trees.
We arrived here about 5 - checked into some lovely rooms and went for a quick drive. Raining and cold! Decided to buy some food from the supermarket and eat in our rooms as all feeling a tad weary!
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