After an amazing time in Akaroa, I couldn’t help but feel let down by Tekapo. We arrived in the evening and we had an observatory tour booked at Mount John, all I can say is it’s a good thing the money left our accounts pre-Brexit before the pound crashed which made the tour less of a waste of money. We got kitted out in Tekapo with all the warmth you need for a chilly night of star gazing. Then we were taken on a bus up to the observatory where the headlights are turned off once you start heading up a hill to ensure they don’t interfere with the telescopes. We then had about 10 minutes of a cloudless sky where we could gaze at 2 features through a microscope before it was cloudy again… then it was all downhill from there. We were shown a presentation about what could be seen in a nights sky and shown a couple of telescopes…not really what we signed up for and no partial re-fund offered.
The next morning we packed up and headed to some man made hot pools which were heated geothermally which was a nice, relaxing way to start the morning. The clear “Waterfalls” were more fun than they should have been too.
We were told through our trip that Tekapo was beautiful… but I didn’t really see it. The pale blue-green water was magical. But the barren hills around did nothing for me in the way of beauty… I guess each to their own!