Driving NZ is the best way to get around, roads are easy other than dodging regular cyclists its easy and the best is that you can stop at random places which is what we did today

We drove today from Wanaka to Lake Tekapo stopping a long the way at some attractions
The regions of New Zealand


We drove a short distance to Pembroke Cafe for breakfast

Pembroke Cafe is well known for its custards squares

Breakfast was first thing on our minds! The coffees are great here (just as in aus) so we are always looking forward to a nice cup

The place was jam packed! So many ppl mainly locals so we knew we were in the right place!

On the road again!
Hawae Dam River “ride”
People usually surf and kayak in the waves on this river as its set up for it, no one here today!
Heading towards Tarrass – passing some beautiful black cows on flat farmland


Waitaki District in Canterbury area
Lindis Pass view point
The chips packet didnt like the level of elevation we were driving at! It was about to explode!
Changes in scenery and colours


These cliffs are layers of gravel and silt, originally formed by the flow from ancient glaciers over a million years ago, its so unique and a definite place to visit when in NZ for sure!

We picked up a young hitch hiker who was walking to the cliffs – she was a young german girl who was on a gap year and staying in NZ for a while

Such beautiful and unique rocks – the Clay Cliffs are an example of “badlands” terrain with towers and pinnacles
Walking up towards the inner canyon area
Ahuriri River
Walking into the ravine…This place was really cool and different, was like a movie set thrown into New zealand, it was different from any other mountain ranges around the area

Twizel pub for lunch stop – met one of the workers there who used to work in a Sydney hotel in 1989


Lake Pukaki is the largest of three roughly parallel alpine lakes running north–south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin 

The lakes were so nice to drive by, even with the clouds it was still so beautiful


Tekapo is a UNESCO heritage Dark Sky Reserve which makes it an amazing place to star gaze and watch for shooting stars and satellites

Lake tekapo
The church of the Good Shepherd – designed to give the impression of quiet strength ans simplicity
The clouds were flowing between the mountains, with the church in the foreground


We went to the hot springs for a bit $36 for 2hrs and there were 3 pools to choose from 36, 37 & 38 degrees – felt really relaxed after a while and it was cold outside so it was nice to be in the hot springs

Accommodation Roto View Apartment (2 bedroom plus sofa bed) 20 Erebus Place, Tekapo – booked via Air BnB