We started our drive to Queenstown and it was filled with ’90s music, sun, snacks and singing at the top of our lungs. I have to say that the south island of New Zealand is absolutely amazing and I would go back there in a heart beat. The rolling hills, the sheep, the cows, the blue skies, it is all amazing. I must admit that I had this hope that we would run into a herd of sheep that would get in our way and we’d have to get out of the car and shoo them back to the fields. That never happened but it would have made for a great story.
We had a weird obsession with sheep and cows while we were driving and I think it had to do with the fact that they were everywhere and it was just about time to shave all the sheep. So, they were all excessively fluffy and looked like enormous cotton balls hanging out in the green fields. And there were cows everywhere just hanging out, sometimes in a herd and sometimes just by themselves watching the cars go by. As we made our way further south, the mountains and the bigger hills began to appear. As we were driving through some of the mountains, we turned a corner and I screamed. Not out of fright, not because something but rather because I saw the bluest lake I have ever seen in my entire life. We turned this corner and straight ahead was a bright blue body of water that looked almost like the light blue highlighter. It could not have been real and so we decided we had to go check it out.
This place is called Lake Tekapo and I am sad that we didn’t plan an extra day to stay there and enjoy it. We pulled over into a parking lot with some tourist information, restaurants and ice cream shops and immediately started walking toward the lake. There are places you can camp around that area, hotels you can stay in and activities galore.
We walked down to the lake and stood at the edge of the lake and we were silent. This was even bluer up close and you could see the reflection of the mountains surrounding it. The snow capped mounts to the north of the lake reflected off the blue and if those mountains had not been there, I’m not sure you could tell where the lake ended and the sky started. The lake was almost like a perfect mirror image of the mountains and sky. We watched boats go by, people walking around, people swimming and others just hanging out by the water. It was probably one of the most peaceful experiences I have had. We took some pictures, dipped our toes in the water and then decided it was time to continue our journey to Queenstown.
If you get a chance to go to the south island, I highly recommend spending at least a few hours at Lake Tekapo. Take advantage of the fact that you can sit by this lake and see the bluest water ever. As we drove away from the lake, you could see the canals and streams leading to the lake that shared the same water. It’s crazy to see brown land or grass with a little sliver of highlighter blue flowing through it. I’ve literally never seen water like this before and I cannot wait to go back.