Tekapo-Aoraki/Mt Cook

Lake Alexandrina from the unimaginatively named Mt John

Lake Alexandrina from the unimaginatively named Mt John

One of my favourite haunts is the inland area of South Canterbury around the lakes of the Mackenzie Country and Lake Tekapo in particular.  For many years as a child my family stayed in an old house on one of the large sheep farming runs at the head of the lake, Mt Gerald Station.  For me, that meant sleeping in a tent, playing cricket games, swimming in a large cold pool, going rabbiting (my father with the gun, but me and the others equally serious), and endless hours to wander and play and imagine…

Fortunately, Lake Tekapo is just over an hour away from our shack at Totara Valley, and more fortunately, Anne and I have just spent three nights there with some of our favourite people… the weather was perfect, the company sublime, and the scenery there and at Mt Cook/Aoraki absolutely perfect given it was winter!

A few more photographs…

Tekapo at dawn

Tekapo at dawn

friends at the lakeside

friends at the lakeside

sheep dog monument

sheep dog monument

open fire at work

open fire at work

batman - our mate Brian finds a dress-up box

batman – our mate Brian finds a dress-up box

tourists at Lake Pukaki with Aoraki splendid in the background

tourists at Lake Pukaki with Aoraki splendid in the background

Aoraki-Mt Cook

Aoraki-Mt Cook

snow & ice

snow & ice

swingbridge

swing-bridge

hawk in flight

hawk in flight

Mt Sefton

Mt Sefton

Lake Tekapo township

Lake Tekapo township