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.


Giant telescope

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.


Fun waterfall!

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!DSCF8002.JPG



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