Today we bade farewell to Timaru and Annabelle's aunt and uncle, Anne and Colin. Thank you so much for welcoming me as family.
We headed for Queenstown via Tekapo. It wasn't long before we could see the first mountain range in the distance - with a long white cloud covering the middle third. It was a great sight. From that time on it seemed like we were surrounded by mountains, all looking equally magnificent; including Mt Dobson.
Lake Tekapo was - as all the lakes we saw along the way - stunningly blue and very scenic.
The Church of the Good Shepherd is a small bluestone chapel on the shores of the Lake. Worship is conducted there at 4pm each Sunday. We were there around midday, but with the sun lower in the sky I think that the view from the pews would be even more distracting.
After lunch we continued on. We stopped at Lake Pukaki where we got a great view of Mt Cook, complete with snow caps - in Summer!. The sun was still fairly high in the sky and everything seemed to be so blue, but it was magnificent.
We continued on past distant mountain ranges that looked like they were covered with velvet, those that were closer that looked naked,those that came right up to the road covered in varying shades of green and yet others that bore stunning rocky outcrops. It was a long trip, but by no means boring.
We eventually arrived in Queenstown at around 6pm. Tired from the journey but blown away by the view that we encountered from of our living room windows.
I am finding it hard to fathom that we are in another country, but eagerly await all that we will experience in the next few days.