From Christchurch to Lake Ohau New Zealand

From Christchurch to Lake Ohau New Zealand

After two days of hanging out in Christchurch, our Contiki Tour began.  We met the group at our bus at 8:50 and loaded up.  First on the agenda was a stop at the center of Christchurch.  We had already spent two days here, so we didn’t need end up doing much more exploring.  After departing from Christchurch we made a number of stops throughout the day.

Contiki Tour bus New Zealand Sweet as South Tour | A Guide to South Island | Travel Photography

Our first stop was at the famous Cookie Time where they hold the guinness record for the largest cookie. We tried the original chocolate chunk!

Cookie Time Christchurch | Day 2 New Zealand Contiki Tour | Christchurch to Lake Ohau | A Guide to South Island

Our lunch stop was in the town of Geraldine.  As we wandered through the town, we found another world record holder for the largest jersey (or sweater).

Geraldine Giant Jersey Largest Sweater in the World | Day 2 New Zealand Contiki Tour | Christchurch to Lake Ohau | A Guide to South Island

We then looked for food.  It was tempting to try the local chinese restaurant which we found most interesting because they served fish ‘n’ chips, but we decided to eat what new zealand makes best – meat pies!

Pies for lunch in Geraldine | Day 2 New Zealand Contiki Tour | Christchurch to Lake Ohau | A Guide to South Island

After another short drive, we stopped at Lake Tekapo to see the beautiful water and the Church of the Good Shepherd.  It was incredibly windy while we were there and we began to see why New Zealand is known to have four seasons in one day!

Lake Tekapo | Day 2 New Zealand Contiki Tour | Christchurch to Lake Ohau | A Guide to South Island

Lake Tekapo Church of the Good Shepherd | Day 2 New Zealand Contiki Tour | Christchurch to Lake Ohau | A Guide to South Island

We stopped by Lake Pukaki for a view at Mount Cook. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy day and Mount Cook was hidden behind the clouds.

Lake Pukaki | Day 2 New Zealand Contiki Tour | Christchurch to Lake Ohau | A Guide to South Island

Lake Pukaki | Day 2 New Zealand Contiki Tour | Christchurch to Lake Ohau | A Guide to South Island

Sheeeeeeeeeeeep!

New Zealand Sheep! | Day 2 New Zealand Contiki Tour | Christchurch to Lake Ohau | A Guide to South Island

Then we got to our destination for the night: Lake Ohau Lodge

Lake Ohau Lodge | Day 2 New Zealand Contiki Tour | Christchurch to Lake Ohau | A Guide to South Island
Views from Lake Ohau Lodge | Day 2 New Zealand Contiki Tour | Christchurch to Lake Ohau | A Guide to South Island
Lake Ohau Lodge | Day 2 New Zealand Contiki Tour | Christchurch to Lake Ohau | A Guide to South Island

After settling in, we spent the rest of the evening winding down with a beer on deck enjoying the beautiful view and then soaking in the outdoor hot tub.  We only stayed one night but found out that there are plenty of hiking trails to explore and great skiing during their winter, so we definitely want to go back and stay in just Ohau for at least a couple weeks!

Enjoying beers at Lake Ohau Lodge | Day 2 New Zealand Contiki Tour | From Christchurch to Lake Ohau | A Guide to South Island

Timeline of our day:

  • 8:50 AM meet at the bus and Contiki Tour begins
  • 9:15-9:45 Stop in the center of Christchurch
  • 10:00-10:30 AM Cookie Time (2 for 3.50 NZD)
  • 12:00-12:45 PM Lunch stop at Geraldine
  • 1:45-3:00 PM Lake Tekapo. See the famous Church of the Good Shepherd
  • 3:45-4:15 See views of Mount Cook at Lake Pukaki
  • 5:00 PM Arrive at Lake Ohau Lodging
xoxo estherJacob

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Some of the most beautiful or awe isinpring places on our planet are also in places where the earth’s surface is the most unstable which is sad. Am sure living in such a beautiful place makes it worth it but New Zealand and Australia have been so hammered by the last few years by fire, floods and earthquake s, praying for their families and love one’s who are victims of calamities.

  2. dude. i don’t know how i scrolled past that pic before, but i love that sheep photo. sheeeeeep!

    1. @soapie notice how they have their butts pointed at us? they are all running away from our loud bus!

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