Mount Cook - Christchurch
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When I woke up the next morning (at ridiculous o'clock!) it had stopped raining and I had woken up in time to watch the sunrise over the mountains. I didn't really see much of the mountains when I arrived the previous night, but the views I had that morning made the long drive in the heavy rain worthwhile. I spent quite a long time hanging out the hotel window trying to take photos before I decided it actually made more sense to go outside!! The amazing colours of the sunrise cast fantasitic shadows across the mountains so every couple of minutes they looked completely different.
The breakfast in the Herimitage Hotel was a huge buffet style arrangement - loads of fruit, cereals, pastries, pancakes, muffins and all the usual hot food. We had another long journey to Christchurch ahead of us so stuffed ourselves silly and took some muffins for the journey.
We were planning on just stopping at Lake Tekapo, but not very long into our journey we had a 'slight incident' and had to stop... A policeman was waiting for me over the side of a hill and caught me speeding (if he had caught me the other side he would have caught me going even faster!) Once I had pulled over, he walked over to me and asked if 'I had any explanation for my speed back there' my Mum was sitting next to me and giving me an 'I told you to stop speeding look'.
The first thing I did when I arrived at Lake Tekapo was send a text message to some of my friends telling them about the being pulled over incident... Minutes later I got several text messages back, were they full of sympathy you ask? No... they all just laughed at me.
Lake Tekapo is an amazing turquoise colour, this is because of the finely ground rock in the melted glacier water. It is surrounded by the Southern Alps so once again you get amazing scenery! On the side of the lake there is a small church called the Church of the Good Shepherd. It is a tiny little church but once you step inside it feels absolutely massive - the side of the church that faces the lake has a panoramic window running along the whole side behind the altar.
Thankfully I made it to Christchurch without getting any more speeding tickets...