Getting out on the road
Tekapo Travel Blog› entry 34 of 47 › view all entries
August 15th, 2008 – by: manuel_s
According to a Kiwi/Ozzie hitchikier I pick up along the way Tekapo was founded by a guy who decided to steal some sheep in Christchurch and then made the whole trip to the lake on foot together with his sheep dog. On the lakefront they put a statue for the dog, I suppose a statue for a sheep thief would just a bit too much, even though he was the founder of the town.
The lakes here have an amazing light blue/greenish color, I reckon because they're fed by the melting snow, never seen a thing like this.
I went up for a climb of mount St. John, it's just an hour going up but a little bit tricky with all the snow and ice. The view of the lake and town was amazing. Although the mountains here aren't very high they rise straight up out of the plain which gives a darn good dramatic effect. No wonder they shot Lord of the Rings here, the landscape is pretty surreal.
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