Day One; The two comments we hear most on arrival is ‘WOW’ and ‘its even better than the pictures’ our wonderful guests are of course referring to The stunning View from Ranginui. Its gorgeous no matter which room you are in. Relax on your balcony before taking the Cowans Hill walkway to dinner in the village, after dinner walk back via the footbridge, church and lakefront.
Day Two; The beauty of basing yourself in Tekapo is that you can choose which day to visit Mt Cook as the weather is often more challenging there due to the proximity to the west coast. ( So days two and three are interchangeable !) Its a short 90 minute drive to Mt Cook and we HIGHLY recommend The Hooker Valley Track. Its a great time to enjoy it as theres not hundreds of people to share it with. Top the day off by landing on a glacier in a ski plane, heaven. Treat yourself to some salmon from the Pukaki Visitors Centre / High Country Salmon.
Day three; After breakfast drive to Tekapo Springs and take the Mt John track to the summit for the best views in Tekapo (if you are too tired from yesterday you can drive lazy bones ), you can either return on the same track OR take the northern track which meanders down to the edge of lake tekapo and circles back to your parked car – and most importantly to Tekapo Springs where you can soak your aches away in their beautiful hot pools or get a deep tissue massage in their spa, you really have earned it !
Day four; You will be both sad to leave your wonderful hosts and stunning accommodation and also excited to be visiting your next destination – Ann-Maree has plenty of tips for your onward travels.
You can also squeeze in bike riding, star gazing, 4WD Tours, jet boating…….maybe you need another day though !