Lake Tekapo

Waking up this morning, we were really unsure of what to do so we decided we wanted to leave the Wigram Base in Christchurch and head over to Lake Tekapo.

The drive was lovely (most of the way, read on to see what happened). The sun was shining and it was warm which was good.

On the way to Tekapo

So you can see above the sun shining and the autumnal colours in some of the trees.  I do love Autumn, even more so when technically we are in Winter ha.

But the nice weather didn’t last all day, when we were near Mount Dobson we noticed the clouds decided to descend on us.
It was bazaar watching the sun being blocked out by the clouds that were wrapping themselves around the van. The cold was almost unbearable and we had to turn on the heating in the van it was that cold.

You couldn’t even see far enough in front of the van to make sure you were on the right side of the road. Not going to lie, it was a little scary.

The cloud descends

When we got near to Lake Tekapo the clouds lifted so we got to see the lovely lake.

The Clouds lifted, sorry about the dirty windscreen.
Lake Tekapo

It’s beautiful, the sun shining and the blue lake looks so inviting.  I bet it would have been freezing cold though.

Autumnal colours

The clouds started coming back within an hour of even being there though so we tried to wander a little before we couldn’t see any more than our hands in front of our faces.

Lake across the river.
The Blue lake and the clouds rolling in

The clouds are rolling in thick and fast so we headed back to our room at the YHA and chilled out in the warmth.


We were looking for work today, the need for a job is starting to get a little more urgent so we headed over to Methven.

It is a quiet small town, but in winter it changes into a busy place because of all the people who want to ski at Mount Hutt.

Drive on the way to Methven

As we expected it was very quiet when we arrived, but we still wandered around in the sun light. We even applied for jobs at the two pubs that are there.

The Brown pub and the Blue pub, they are both owned by the same person and the lady who was working at the brown pub was lovely.

We had lunch at the brown pub which I really think was some of the best food I have eaten here in New Zealand.


The Brown Pub
The Blue Pub

New Brighton Pier

So, today we went for a drive from Christchurch down to New Brighton Pier, the weather wasn’t great, but it was dry.

The town itself was very quiet, which might have been due to the fact it was Sunday.  But then again it is difficult to keep track of days whilst travelling every day.

New Brighton Beach

We walked to the end of the pier and watched a few people catching fish it was a pretty nice wander.
We also wandered along the beach, collecting a few stones, trying to even skim a few across the sea. Something, I have discovered, I am rubbish at.