01 Dec 2019

The Scenic Drive to Lake Ohau

Lake Ohau — another scenic New Zealand lake! There are dozens of lakes in New Zealand which I’d recommend visiting, especially in the Canterbury High Country region. You won’t have time to visit them all (even if you’re based in New Zealand like I am), so you’ll have to pick

24 Dec 2018

Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo

Tekapo, a small town on the edge of the lake with the same name, is home to one of New Zealand’s most iconic churches. Why is the Church of the Good Shepherd so popular? Is it overrated? Should they move the car par to allow for better photos? I travelled

Lake Ruataniwha, Mackenzie Basin, New Zealand
11 Sep 2018

Lake Ruataniwha, Mackenzie Basin

There are some places in New Zealand which would never be the main destinations for tourists. Lake Ruataniwha is one of those. You’ll pass it when driving between Queenstown / Wanaka and Mount Cook / Tekapo and it makes for a nice place to stop for a quick rest or

22 Aug 2018

Coffee with a View at Mount John Observatory, Tekapo

Mount John Observatory is the ultimate lazy person’s viewpoint. You can drive right up to the café at the top of the mountain and from there you can see 360-degree views of the stunning surrounds, including lakes, mountains and the little town of Tekapo. It’s one of the best things

14 Aug 2018

Hiking the Peninsula Walkway, Tekapo

Lake Tekapo, with its characteristic blue water and mountain surrounds, is one of the top scenic spots in the Canterbury High Country. The views from the stony beach in front of town are nice, but to really see the beauty of this area you’ll need to head a little further

07 Aug 2018

Lake Opuha: Stunning Mountain Views Near Fairlie

You’ll pass through Fairlie on the drive between Christchurch and Tekapo / Mount Cook — if you have time you should definitely take the short detour to Lake Opuha. This small man-made lake is surrounded by hills and mountains and offers up some beautiful views in its reflective surface. Driving