|Rob Roy glacier and waterfall|
|View of our motel on Lake Tekapo|
|Pools in the shapes of glacial lakes - but much warmer!|
|MacKenzie country hero|
|There are even little icebergs floating in this lake!|
|Aoraki means "cloud piercer"|
We spent some time in Twizel, recharging our computers at an outdoor bandstand, and loading up on groceries. We also checked out Lake Ohau, the smallest of the three glacial lakes (though still large), where Heidi Roop will be working in late March. Heidi was one of Darrell's masters students and is now pursuing her PhD at the University of Victoria in Wellington.
Our journey back south took us through Cromwell, the gateway to Central Otago - another wine-growing region, and then to Queenstown where we met Scott off the bus after his two great tramps. It was so great to have Scott back - and not just because he cooked curried chicken fajitas for dinner either!
|Scott and Darrell both working at Lake Moke|
The next morning, Darrell dropped Scott and I off at the gondola as we couldn't find the trail head to Ben Lomond peak. This was especially embarrassing when we got to the top and met a 70-year-old Scot that had hiked up from the base and was planning to hike all the way down again. Tough Scots!
|Me, afraid of heights? Ha!|
|View of Moke Lake and surrounding mountains from Ben Lomond peak|
A six-part television series called "Top of the Lake", directed by Jane Campion, was being filmed at the lake while we were there. We never did see Holly Hunter but we took some pictures of the set. The short plot summary from the IMDB is: A detective investigates the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant daughter of a local drug lord.
|The set is the colored containers to left, and our van is a white spot by lake on right!|