Breath-taking Vistas Everywhere!

11 Jan

Today is Day #5 for Hubby and me on our NZ adventure.  Mother Nature has certainly been on our side, and blessed us with brilliant sunshine almost continuously.  I’m feeling thankful that I brought the #45 sunscreen.  We have been on some terrific bike rides to stretch our legs and justify an extra glass of NZ wine.

View of Mt. Cook from Lake Pukaki

View of Mt. Cook from Lake Pukaki

On our way from Lake Tekapo to Oamaru, we cycled part of the Alps2Ocean trail, taking in the surreal vistas from the shores of Lake Pukaki.  The water colour of this glacier-fed lake is pale aqua, a stark contrast to the browns and greys of the surrounding hills.  With a view of Mt. Cook in the background, it is breath-taking.

Cycling has not been our only form of calorie-burning.  We have also enjoyed some fabulous hiking.

View from the top of Mt. John at lake Tekapo

View from the top of Mt. John at Lake Tekapo

In Lake Tekapo, we tested our lung capacity and quads by hiking the short trail (same elevation change but shorter distance) to the peak of Mt. John for a 360° panoramic view of the Canterbury Plains. It was worth the effort!  Today we got our workout by walking around the city of Dunedin, New Zealand’s equivalent to San Francisco as far as steep roads go.  We decided that walking the streets would be safer than cycling them – I’m not sure the brakes on my rental bicycle could handle the pitch of these roads.

I managed to squeeze in a couple of quilt shop stops.  On the way from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo, we stopped at The Tin Pin in Geraldine to say hi to shop owner Lisa Nelson.

Lisa Nelson of The Tin Pin in Geraldine

Lisa Nelson of The Tin Pin in Geraldine

She has a terrific shop on the main street, and a terrific attitude to boot!

Today, on our stroll through Dunedin, we stopped in to see Sue at Threads Needle Craft.  In addition to quilting fabrics, she also stocks other needle arts supplies.

Sue at Threads Needle Craft in Dunedin

Sue at Threads Needle Craft in Dunedin

Interestingly, both women fold their bolts of fabric into 11” wide bolts instead of the 22” wide size that I am accustomed to seeing.  Both shops had a selection of NZ themed fabrics, perfect for souvenirs, don’t you think?

Tomorrow promises to be another activity-filled day, with hikes to Mt. Cargill and the Otago Peninsula, before we head down to Invercargill at the south end of NZ. If the sunny weather holds, it will be the longest day of our trip, with 15 ½ hours of daylight.  Such a treat compared to our Canadian winters!

Until then,

Cheers,

Patti

4 Responses to “Breath-taking Vistas Everywhere!”

  1. Mindy Veldhuizen January 11, 2016 at 8:27 am #

    Thanks for sharing! Looks wonderful.

  2. heatherdpear January 11, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

    Looks like you are having a grand time. Have been to NZ 3 times and am looking forward to going again. Make sure to get all three types of kiwi fabrics: the bird, the fruit and some people. One of these days I’ll make my triple kiwi quilt.

  3. Shirley (Petunia Pinner) January 12, 2016 at 6:57 am #

    The views are incredible!!
    Old man Winter showed up this weekend. Him and Mother Nature got into a spat so it came with everything!! Enjoy the weather while you can!! 😉

  4. Ghazal January 25, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    Amazing photos Patti!

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