Winter Holidays 2020: Via Tekapo and Pukaki to Twizel

In our #wherearewegoing brainstorm, somebody had the idea to visit the Mackenzie Basin, which got all thumbs up. Long drive, but worth it!

Driving South from Christchurch with plans to see more snow :)
Somewhere between Geraldine and Burke’s Pass.
Saw a lot of asphalt today.
With the occasional tree and clouds.
In total, with breaks, a 4 hour journey.
But then, after Burke’s it get’s more scenic.
Until the first of the turquoise lakes is in sight.
Tekapo. It’s a beautiful turquoise blue is a product of the surrounding glaciers. The glaciers in the headwaters of Lake Tekapo grind rocks into a fine dust on their journey down towards the lake. The resulting particulate, called “rock flour,” is suspended in the water and causes the magnificent turquoise.
The Sheepdog Memorial.
Church of the Good Shepherd and two very good girls.
Tekapo Canal on the way West.
First vista point on the Lake Pukaki shoreline.
Main stop at the lake.
Bowing to Aoraki.
Twizel, Lake Ruataniwha.
Winter backdrop.
Ice was found, extracted and shattered.
More colours.
Later, at the airport, not for flying, for sleeping.
Others still on the road, we already in a cozy room, having dinner.