Wanaka, Tekapo, Christchurch

We spent our last couple of days in New Zealand traveling from Queenstown to Christchurch.

New Zealand

You can read about our Auckland and Queenstown adventures HERE and HERE.


Our original plan was to explore Mt. Cook, but the weather didn’t cooperate. There was a pretty good chance that the road would be closed so we went to plan B.

New Zealand

We drove towards Lake Wanaka to explore that area. We stopped several times along the way absorb the scenery and snap a few pictures.

New Zealand

New Zealand

Once we got to Wanaka we went in search of a trail Michael found for us to hike.

New Zealand

The trail winds around Diamond Lake and offers spectacular views of Lake Wanaka and a skyline filled with mountain peaks.

Wanaka

Wanaka

Wanaka

Wanaka

We found a place to have a picnic before continuing our journey towards Lake Tekapo.

Wanaka

Wanaka

Lake Tekapo is a charming village located at the southern end of the lake of the same name. We rented a small lakefront cottage to spend the evening.

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo

The color of the lake water is mesmerizing.

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo

We ate pizza in front of a huge fire at Pepes Pizza & Pasta Restaurant.

Pepes Pizza & Pasta Restaurant in Lake Tekapo

Delicious pizza and a really fun place!

The weather cleared up by the next morning.

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo

We didn’t have a schedule, so when we spotted something interesting we pulled off and explored.

Lake Tekapo

New Zealand

New Zealand

Our day ended in Christchurch where just 4 months earlier the town was hit by a 6.3 earthquake.

Christchurch

They were in the middle of rebuilding but many places in the city were still closed.

Christchurch

We stayed at the Copthorne Hotel Commodore because it was close to the airport.

Our flight to Tahiti was early the next morning:

New Zealand

And we were ready to trade-in our hats, gloves, and boots for bikinis, board shorts, and sandals!

Tahiti & Moorea

You can read all about our time in Tahiti HERE.

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