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Life in Laos through the lens of a diplomatic wife raising twin toddlers.

Campervan Tour of South Island, NZ – Day 6

No, I did not save the best for last on purpose. Mother nature did.

Shortly after passing Lake Pukaki, we reached one of the most picturesque spots on our 6 day campervan journey: Lake Tekapo – turquoise blue waters set against snow capped mountains with a little church purched on the edge of it’s southern shores. Whether you are Christian or not, you could understand why one would choose to worship here. (The only downside were the busloads of tourists stopping for photo ops.)

The only shot I have without other tourists in the way.

The only shot I have without other tourists in the way.

It would have been a perfect spot for a holiday card family portrait if it hadn’t been for the infuriating whining and pouting of our children. G and I managed a happy smile for this shot, only because barring the aforementioned (and multitudes of frustrating moments traveling with the kids) we were genuinely thrilled at the experiences we were having together as a family.

We are in this together and we love it!

While my back was turned, G managed to get this girl smiling…

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…and this boy without a scowl on his face…

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As more tourists came and the day was getting late, we set off along the lake’s eastern shore drive on Lilybank Rd in search of a spot to freedom camp. Without a proper campsite, we never know what we’re going to find but the decision was pretty much made for us by the “No freedom camping for the next 20km” sign so we just kept driving…

Where oh where to camp?

Where oh where to camp if we’re fenced off from the shore?

After 20km, another decision was pretty much made for us by the setting sun and this DOC sign to access the shore line…whew!

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From here we enjoyed pure solitude, natural beauty and outdoor play…

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Playroom with a view.

Playroom with a view.

Breakfast with a view.

Breakfast with a view.

Adding a few more rocks to the lake before leaving.

Adding a few more rocks to the lake before leaving.

We will definitely miss this spot.

We will definitely miss this spot.

It was a marvelous ending to one adventurous campervan tour. Definitely memories that will last us a lifetime.

Next up, 4 days in Nelson with more adventures in the craft beer capital of New Zealand, Abel Tasman National Park, and baby seals coming up!

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7 comments on “Campervan Tour of South Island, NZ – Day 6

  1. kimberlyaolive
    June 18, 2013

    I just stumbled upon your blog and was intrigued to read about your trip to the South Island. My husband and I spent two weeks touring the South Island by campervan earlier this year. It is a truly breathtaking country. I have just begun my blog and plan to post about our trip soon.

  2. Nadia
    June 8, 2013

    Beautiful photos. NZ is on my travel wishlist for next year, so your posts couldn’t have come at a better time.

  3. Bemused Backpacker
    June 8, 2013

    Wow, beautiful photos!

  4. wenhuachan
    May 21, 2013

    love your photos!! NZ is very cool.

  5. Dani
    May 20, 2013

    I have been loving this series and whining to Chris basically three times a day about why we are going to America instead of New Zealand for R&R (Answer: partially my parents but that’s neither here nor there right?) 🙂 Your photos are absolutely stunning. I love that one of the campervan in the middle of the field at a distance, I would buy that, it is just so perfect. Can’t wait to hear more about the B&B experience now!

  6. Karyn @ kloppenmum
    May 19, 2013

    So pleased that the sun finally came out for you! It’s tough to enjoy yourself when you’re wet and uncomfortable. Gorgeous pics. 😀

  7. chemwalters2012
    May 18, 2013

    One of my happiest memories of my time in New Zealand was staying in a little B&B on the shores of that lake – it was so beautiful. I don’t remember any other tourists being there but that was 12 years ago!

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