9.15 am: Packed and ready, off we go! First stop after 1 1/4 hours, Lake Tekapo. It was super cold at only 9 degrees but we braved the outdoors for a look around the tiny church and a cup of tea. Drove around to Mt John Observatory (which incidentally was developed by the University of Pennsylvania in conjunction with the University of Canterbury, and opened in 1965).
Below: Roaring Meg hydro electric power station. Who knew electricity production could be so pretty?