Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Driving To Queenstown

Today went rented a car and took off out of town to Queenstown.
Not a short drive, but not unreasonable for a day long drive.
Along the way we drove by the Church of The Good Shepherd on
Lake Tekapo. We'd visited here before about seven years ago but
since a wedding was just finishing, we were able to peak inside.
It's pretty tiny but has a fantastic view!

Just a few miles down the road is Lake Pukaki, which was formed by
a similar hydro project to the one that formed Lake Tekapo. However,
at the far end of Lake Pukaki stands Mt. Cook...or Aoraki as it is known
in Maori. Mt. Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand, standing
3754 meters or 12,316 feet. Much of the time it's surrounded by clouds,
so we lucked out seeing it today.

Speaking of luck, it's also St. Patrick's Day and ironically, we ran across
another small church...St. Patrick's of all places! Located in the hamlet
of Burkes Pass.

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