On The Road from Dunedin to Lake Tekapo

The roadtrip we took from Dunedin to Lake Tekapo was the longest and the most beautiful journey from all of our roadtrip route in New Zealand's South Island. It might not be the longest, but we made so many stops! All the transit points we visited were free and very gorgeous.

1. Amazing Moeraki Boulders

The information of the boulders at the entrance

I have never seen a huge rock in this spectacular shape! It is called "boulders" which are located along a stretch of Koekohe Beach. We stopped by on our way from Dunedin to Oamaru. From the parking place we walked about 15 minutes through a beautiful beach.

We walked until we found the boulders, and of course our Kiddos wanted to stand on the top of the boulders. They could climb the smaller one by themselves, and asked our help to climb the bigger ones.

Kiddos between the boulders

There were also boulders which were not perfectly shaped and have a crack in the middle.

A boulder, with a hole in the middle

It took one hour from Dunedin to Moeraki Boulders with our rented car. Absolutely a must visit place! You can also enjoy the view of the boulders and the beach from a cafe nestled just above the Moeraki Boulders.

2. Waitaki Dam

From a city called Oamaru where we stopped to fuel the gasoline, we hit the road heading to Lake Pukaki. Kiddos were asleep when we arrived at Waitaki Dam, the first water reservoir built in Waitaki river. We only stopped to take beautiful pictures of the Dam.

Isn't it gorgeous?

3. Impressive Lake Pukaki

Approaching Lake Pukaki

We turn left after passing Lake Pukaki's information center, and found a beautiful spot where some campervans also park in this area. No wonder, it offers tranquility and also magnificent view of Lake Pukaki.

Kiddos#1 at the lake
Look at the water!
Perfect place to relax from our long roadtrip that day

After enjoying Lake Pukaki from our "private place" we went to Lake Pukaki's information center. The main reason was to have our toilet break, but then we found out that the fresh sashimi were also sold at the information center. We bought the smallest pack of NZD 10, and it came without a chopstick. We had to pay another 10 cent to get one:p

Our sashimi, without the chopstick:p

Many tourists are stopping here, ensure that you get empty benches overlooking Lake Pukaki for your picnic lunch.

Inside the information center
This bench is waiting for you at Lake Pukaki...

3. Lots of Lupin Flower on The Road!

The road from Lake Pukaki to Lake Tekapo offer a breathtaking view of Lupin Flower and the mountain! We stopped for a while at Irishman Creek to capture the beauty of those lupin.

Lupin were along the road from Lake Pukaki to Lake Tekapo
Is it really a postbox in the middle of nowhere?

4. A Stop at Mt John Observatory

Finally Mt John Observatory was our last stop before arriving at Lake Tekapo. We head to the hilly road and arrived at Mt John Observatory. 

It was windy and cold up there. We ran to the cafe and have our chocolate with a marshmallow. Yummy!

Cafe at the top of Mt John Observatory
Our hot chocolate

Though we didn't go inside the observatory, we enjoyed our visit. The view to Lake Tekapo was awesome!

We could sit here for hours
View from Mt John to little town around Lake Tekapo
View from the top: Lake Tekapo

The long roadtrip we made that day ended when we reached Lake Tekapo. We were relieved to find out that the Mantra -our apartment in Lake Tekapo- to be our most beautiful accommodation throughout our holiday in New Zealand's South Island. 

written on March 5, 2014 by @tesyasblog

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  1. ini foto-fotonya pake GoPro yah kak? huwaaaa cuantikkkk apalagi yg di padang bunag lupin *bikin sebutan sendiri*

    keren bangeeett mau ke NZ

    1. Hai Mei, enggak semua Go Pro, campur sama Sony andalan Mr.Husband:D
      Aku doain Mei, segera sampai NZ ya..amiin..