Posted by: lindsaygoes | November 30, 2015

New Zealand: Lake Tekapo, Kaikoura to Nelson

After Mount Cook, we drove to Lake Tekapo where we visited the Mackenzie Sheep Dog Statue and the Church of the Good Shepherd. We arrived at the same time as a tour bus, so it was initially a bit chaotic, but soon settled down.

Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

From Lake Tekapo, we drove to Geraldine, where we visited the Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum. It’s amazing how many vintage vehicle museums there are around New Zealand! There were a range of different vehicles, in different states of preservation. I quite like the more rusted and textured examples.

Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum, Geraldine, New Zealand

Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum, Geraldine, New Zealand

Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum, Geraldine, New Zealand

Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum, Geraldine, New Zealand

Then we drove through to Kaikoura. We stopped off at the Point Kean Seal Colony, which was full of seals lying on the beach and the footpaths. We walked up a track to a viewpoint, and along the way was a seal lying on one of the benches!

Point Kean Seal Colony, Kaikoura, New Zealand

Point Kean Seal Colony, Kaikoura, New Zealand

The next day we went on a whale watching trip from Kaikoura, and saw some dolphins, albatross and seals. Unfortunately the weather turned sour on the trip, so they turned back before we saw any whales. I wasn’t sick, but about 90% of people on the boat were (it was pretty rough!).

After our whale watching trip was cut short we headed north to Picton, and then took the lovely scenic Queen Charlotte Drive along the coast towards Nelson. We had already visited the steepest street in New Zealand, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Queen Charlotte Drive was the windiest, which made it a bit of work in a campervan!

 

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