Timaru -> Pleasant Point -> Lake Tekapo -> Geraldine -> Christchurch
Timaru was full of colonial buildings due to its early European settlement background. We spent the next morning visiting Timaru's Caroline Bay
. It had nice broadwalks with white sandy beach, however, it was nothing spectacular as compare to other NZ's beaches. The bay itself was not so special and was not so photogenic.
What was interesting there was a roller skating club nearby which was part of Timaru Piazza. We took some pictures there before we continued our journey. Our destination was to head to Lake Tekapo, so we headed east from Timaru. Along the way we stop at Pleasant Point
A small country town with an old heritage steam locomotive. As we missed the earlier 'steam train' town, Kingston (because it was not along our journey), we knew we had to stop at Pleasant Point to view the train. Unfortunately the train was sent for its regular maintenance. However, we still managed to see the station and a glimpse of the train from the picture.
From there, we went on to Lake Tekapo
, a lakeside resort, driving through the farms and fields of Canterbury plains.
This was also one of the best drives in South Island, with the vast plains and majestic mountains on the horizon.
The wind was extremely strong here along the highway, and until at a point we had to stop our campervan because we could feel our vehicle shaking, almost overturning our campervan! Despite the strong winds we continued on until we finally can see the turquoise colored lake at the distant.
The lake colour was as such due to the lake was being fed by river from the Southern Alps, which had "rock flour" (glaciers in the headwaters grind the rock into fine dust). Lake Tekapo had got to be one of the most beautiful lakes in New Zealand! You just can't get your eyes off the stunningly picturesque view.
It was sunny but was cooling because of the strong winds and low temperature! There was a famous landmark church that were overlooking the lake - Church of Good Shepard
Lake Tekapo had a very scenic postcard-like view, and is definitely one of the must visit sites whilst you are traveling in South NZ. Our initial plan was to visit the Mount John Observatory
to view the giant telescope, but because of the strong winds and upcoming storm, we cancelled our plan and proceeded to Christchurch. According to the locals, the storm was expected as the winter came approaching.
From Lake Tekapo, we passed through a town called Geraldine, a country village, where we made a stop at the Kiwi Country Visitor Center for toilet breaks, before passing another town, called Ashburton, when we eventually stop the night at Christchurch.