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South Island in Winter Day 3: Lake Tekapo and Surrounds

Sunrise outside Lakestone Lodge.

Today was just a cruisy day after our walk at Mt Cook. We woke up ‘late’, had breakfast then drove out to the Fairlie Bakehouse (about an hour away). The town of Fairlie looks like it’s basically trading off this one business – the bakehouse. And the bakehouse does a roaring trade. Basically everyone who stops in Fairlie is there for the famous pies. We had a coffee first to warm up in the sun, then ordered an early lunch of pies: corned beef with potato and mustard, and smoked chicken and mushrooms.

Here’s the cafe cat.

Then we drove to Tekapo to do some standard touristy things.

We took a photo of the Church of the Good Shepherd (it was busy but we must have been between tourist busloads because it wasn’t too bad).

Drove up to the Mount John Observatory (you have to pay an $8 fee per car which goes towards maintaining the private road up to the observatory) and enjoyed a hot lemon ginger tea while feeling on top of the world.

My lame wishlist item while we were there was to feed the salmon at High Country Salmon. It was pretty cool, and free!

We headed back in the late afternoon to the Lodge where I got a massage while Kran took some photos on the lake.

Then we went stargazing with Mike our host where we lay in hammocks to look at the dark sky reserve and sip mulled wine, and finish off with a platter of dips, home baked bread, cheese, smoked salmon and salami.

What a stay at the lodge!

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