If you have read my last post about Christchurch, you know, I spent there so much time mostly because I was waiting for the slackline to arrive from Auckland. It was Wednesday, the 10th, when I finally got a message from the store, that my new best friend is waiting there for me ❤
With my 25 meters long Torpedo slackline on the passenger seat, we started heading west. It was a rainy day. That kind of day when the only thing you can think about is a cup of coffee, a book and a lot of blankets. That didn’t stop me. I was so happy to finally have my slackline that I didn’t want to wait any longer.
My very first stop was in little town Springfield in the Selwyn District of Canterbury. It’s not only the name that reminds of The Simpsons. In the year 2009, a statue of a giant doughnut was built there to promote The Simpsons Movie.
Not far away from here is a town called Sheffield, which is well known for The Famous Sheffield Pie Shop. This tiny place with only six seats inside is absolutely worth the stop.
A couple of minutes northwest from Springfield is a magical place – Castle Hill. It’s a limestone rock formation formed 30-40 million years ago during the Oligocene age. Explore the landscape, wander around and get lost between these impressive rocks. If the weather is good, have a picnic here. Rainy day will provide you more privacy though ;).
It was Friday morning when I met my French friends from Christchurch again and I want to thank Aurore, who decided to make a stop at Fairlie, once more. I am not a big fan of museums in general and I wouldn’t stop here myself. Thank you, Aurore! 🙂
The local Heritage Museum is stunning and absolute must see. It’s run by a group of volunteers and it has collected an amazing amount of exhibits over the years. There is an impressive collection of farm equipment, old cars, tractors and trucks, which all go, cameras and even a homebuilt gyrocopter that flies. Lovely Café and shop in front of the museum make this place a heaven :).
No, this is not a misunderstanding and no, I am not talking about the Mother Road, Rte 66 in the US. This Route 66 is not an actual road. It is very cool spot by the road no. 8 from Fairlie to Lake Tekapo and if you like old cars and American style, you want to stop here!
This 85 km² large lake is known for its milky-turquoise color and an amazing view at the Southern Alps. The lake is part of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. What does it mean? It’s one of the darkest places in the world. The light pollution is extremely low here and that makes Lake Tekapo perfect point for stargazing and Aurora Australis watching. There is plenty of hikes around the lake. Walk up to Mt. John Observatory for stunning views.
Lake Pukaki was a huge surprise to me. We spend 3 days by the previous lake and it was beautiful. I didn’t think, that this place will be much different. Well, it was. The water was crystal clean and the view of Mt. Cook was breathtaking
. We couldn’t resist and had to swim there. It could be the best swim in my life.
Interesting fact: The Lake Pukaki, together with the Lake Tekapo, provides more than half of New Zealand’s hydroelectricity storage capacity.
On the west shore of the lake is a lavender farm and it’s open to the public. Beautiful place!
These magical formations are basically layers of gravel and silt, formed by the flow of glaciers over a million years ago.
My friends and I agreed the cliffs remind the Sagrada Familia 🙂
Another quirky limestone rock formations, where the Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. was filmed.
Yes, I like rocks :D.
It’s been an amazing time. So many incredible places and so much fun with the French Gang 🙂
That’s about it for today. I’ll be back soon with another post. This time about the coolest exhibition I’ve ever seen.
Sorry for the quality of some of the pictures. I had to use my phone sometimes, so… you know 🙂