New Zealand Day Five: A Quick Hike At Lake Tekapo And Onward to Aoraki/Mt. Cook, highest peak in the Southern Alps
I slept well after my wonderful visit to Mt. Johns Observatory but not for long. I was up early hoping to watch the sunrise over the mountains of the Southern Alps surrounding Lake Tekapo. I again walked to the lake and followed the trails along its shore.
I soon learned that, although the sun rose around 7 a.m. it did not appear above the high peaks of the mountains until much later. There was a chilly wind blowing from the lake on this late summer morning. It didn’t stop this gull from enjoying breakfast.
I walked a trail along the lake and below the town. I found a lot of flowers and weeds here that had gone to seed. And a lot of finch like birds enjoying those seeds. I still haven’t been able to identify them and would appreciate any help.
And also some help identifying this diving bird, I saw a group of them under the bridge at the outlet of the lake. Here is a link to some more photographs of some of the birds I saw on my walk. New Zealand Day Five Lake Tekapo birds February 10 2019
I had to check out of my lodge at 10 a.m. so, reluctantly, I had to return to my room. I quickly packed and arranged for my host to drop off my luggage at the bus stop at the information center at 11:30. I wish I had more time to enjoy this view from my room. Here is a link to some more photos from my morning walk. New Zealand Day Five Lake Tekapo morning walk. February 10 2019
I walked back to town to get one last look at the lake and also to find some breakfast. After having another large meal, it seems portions are double in New Zealand, I soon met up with my luggage and was on my way to the Southern Alps and Aoraki/Mt. Cook.
We had another delay on the bus, this time for a missing passenger, who got off at a rest stop and did not re-board the bus. Once the issue was resolved, the bus driver, advised the next bus of the missing passenger, we moved on driving through the scenic countryside. We soon drove by beautiful Lake Pukaki,
I walked past the beautiful and historic Hermitage hotel and made my way to the narrow trail . At times I walked alone and at times I passed large groups of tourists, many of them Chinese, as I made my way along the alien, to me, shrubs and brush, of the New Zealand woodlands.
I unpacked and took in the scenery from my cabin. But again, I did not have much leisure time. I wanted to eat at the Hermitage Hotel and the only reservation I could get was 6 p.m. So I showered and was to eat again.I am glad I did. The clouds surrounding Mt. Cook had lifted giving us a clear view of the mountain.
I walked back to my room. I put in over ten miles of walking again and I was tired. I set my alarm for midnight to get up and see the stars and was soon fast asleep. It was another delightful day in New Zealand.
“I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news”