Kodak Moments: Queenstown and Back

March 30, 2013
The drive from Christchurch to Queenstown, through the mountains and Lake Tekapo is absolutely breathtaking. With a few short detours, one can see beaches, rainforest, glaciers, high desert, and wine country… all in a 6 hour drive.

We chose to break up the drive on the way down and stop in Lake Tekapo, the first lake (on the map shown below) south east of Mount Cook. On the way home we drove from Queenstown (B) to Christchurch (A) via Oamaru (C). Oamaru is famous for it’s yellow eyed penguin sightings… and we saw two!
Sunset driving in to Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo Lodge, highly, highly recommend for you romantics.
Eclectic and gorgeous art throughout the lodge, all hand picked by the owner. Can’t say enough good things. We’ll be back!
Lake Tekapo in the morning
Getting artsy?
Lake Pukaki, looking at Mt. Cook
Downtown Queenstown, Atlas Bar in the back, amazing steak, $18!! (Practically free in NZ!)
Stormy day in Queenstown
Botanical Gardens, Queenstown
Botanical Gardens
Duck Camouflage (obligatory duck photo)
Raindrops 20 feet below
Completely unexpected find… hiking near Queenstown
Rainy Rocks
Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown
Clearing after the rain
Beautiful, phenomenal New Zealand
Lake Wakatipu
Scott getting zen at the Moeraki Boulders, Oamaru
Moeraki Boulders and Bike Wife
Pretty nifty big rocks.
The picture after this was not pretty. I didn’t make it.
Yellow Eyed Penguin coming on to shore
Two yellow eyed penguins…. on 20x zoom…
East Coast of New Zealand, Oamaru
Pathway to the edge of the country

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  • Reply Lori March 31, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    These pictures are just gorgeous. I am so jealous. You know I was thinking about you the other day and realized how much I miss you! <3

    • Reply Kristen Fellers April 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      I miss you back mama. Don’t worry, we’ll be back… it seems my folks are in Hawaii all the time! Give V and the kids a hug for me 🙂

    Come on, you must want to tell me something!