Saturday, December 30, 2006

Day 8: Queenstown to Christchurch via Mount Cook

Day 8 was another road-trip day, going from Queenstown back to Christchurch, again via Newmans coach. We left Queenstown a little past the scheduled time of 8:20 AM and arrived in Christchurch around 6:45 PM. For the first time on our nine-day trip, the skies were grey and rain poured the whole day.

Well, almost the whole day. The sun peeked out for 10 brief minutes at Mount Cook, just enough time for us to take this picture.

Mount Cook National Park
The coach stopped at Mount Cook Village for lunch. Instead of crowding into The Hermitage with the rest of the tourist crowd, we borrowed a huge umbrella and walked over to The Old Mountaineers' Cafe.

The Old Mountaineers Cafe at Mount Cook
One day we'll have to come back and try their kayak tours.

We stopped again at Lake Tekapo for pictures of the Church of the Good Shepherd. This chapel is one of my favorite churches, along with Caleruega in Tagaytay, the Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat in Manila and Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. Small and intimate, the church has a large picture window right behind the tabernacle, with a beautiful view of Lake Tekapo.

Church of the Good Shepherd, at Lake Tekapo
What other people are blogging about Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo
  • "350 km there and back, but what a trip." - World Signia
  • "Reminded me of Helms Deep in The Two Towers" - drmnsd

The Hermitage at Mount Cook
Read the previous entry or check out the rest of this New Zealand trip series.

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