So it’s Saturday morning in early winter…

And there’s a monster of a snow storm due in the next 24 hours. You can just see the forerunner of the storm creeping around the summits of the Southern Alps. Imagine waking up, drawing back the curtains and looking out over this lake every morning. Welcome to Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand.

Of course, in spring and summer, the grass is green and lush, the lupins come out and flower; and the birds are all chirping. We just haven’t managed to visit in summer. The first time we came, it was snowing and we didn’t arrive until around 10pm. The second time and third times it snowed during our stays. And of course, the camera gets left behind.

The view from the lounge window... overlooking Lake Tekapo.
The view from the lounge window, overlooking Lake Tekapo.
Henkel Hut, a great place to relax and get away from the stresses of daily life.
Henkel Hut, a great place to relax and get away from the stresses of daily life.
And from the door... Henkel hut has full length panoramic views of Lake Tekapo and the Southern Alps.
And from the door… Henkel hut has full length panoramic views of Lake Tekapo and the Southern Alps.

This time, it snowed after we left to travel south closer to the Caitlins.

For those who like to read about such things, Lake Tekapo and its surrounding area (approx 1058 ha) is an are of international scientific interest for its plant life and star gazing. The University of Canterbury has its observatory on Mt. John and all the towns and villages have strict lighting regulations to preserve the tranquility. We stayed at Henkel Hut, and Rainbow ski field is just to the right of the views.

Disclaimer: all pics are ours and we have not received any gratuities or comments from the lovely people at The Boutique Chalet. We just like staying here!

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