12.08.2008 64 °F
Monday the tour left Dunedin and headed to Lake Tekapo. Before leaving Dudedin we stopped at the world’s steepest street named Baldwin Street.
Baldwin Street is over the 161.2 meter length of the top section, it climbs a vertical height of 47.22 meters. Every year, during Dunedin’s Festival, large numbers of athletes, including families, take part in a social and competitive foot race to the top of the street and return. These races are known as the “Baldwin Street Gutbuster”.
We stopped at the Moeraki Boulders and I thought it was a good idea to try and get up on one of them but well I ended up in the ocean soak and wet up to my calves. Oh well.
So I stood in front of them.
On the way to Lake Tekapo we made a stop to have some lunch. We went into a souvenier shop and I found the cutest and warmest hat. So of course I had to put it on. Could you see me at a Steeler game with this on?
Then Katja decided to join in on the fun.
The tour passed Lake Pukiki which is the largest lake in New Zealand. It gets the nice blue color from the ice from the glaciers.
Before heading to the lodge for the night we stopped off at this beautiful non denominational church on the water. The inside is very small but it was nice to just sit in there for awhile.
Late afternoon a bunch of us heading horse trekking or as we call it horseback riding. I got a lot of funny faces when I told some people I was going horseback riding and they all seemed to correct me and tell me that it is in fact horse trekking. When we got to the horse trekking stables we were asked if each of us had road horses before and I have. Just my luck they gave me the biggest horse his name is Trevor.
This is Trevor:
The horse ride was about an hour long. We went on trails near Lake Tekapo and also around the lake. It was nice to get out for a bit even though it was a bit cold.
In the evening we had a BBQ at the lodge. This was really nice having dinner with everyone that I have been traveling with the last two weeks. I have made so many new friends from all over the world. Tuesday is my last full day in New Zealand….which makes me sad. I guess it is time for me to get back home.