And the amazing view from our parking spot in the Holiday Park!
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We arrived early in the afternoon straight from Queenstown and were given an elevated park that looks straight out over the lake.. amazing. The park looks near new and the facilities are spotless.
One of the must do things on this trip was the Mt John Star project at the observatory on top of Mt John. Fiona wandered along to the office at the campground when we realised that they were in a position to book us in for the Star project too so we were set.
We also got tickets to the Hot pools next to the camp and wandered down to have a swim.. again elevated with views over Lake Tekapo.
About 6pm we headed into Tekapo, about a 20 minute walk from the campground and had a cold drink while we waited for the coach up to the Observatory.
The coach turned up, we all piled in(about 10 of us) and off we went up this murderous road in the dark!! When we arrived at the carpark at the top, we welcomed by our two guides and were told that there was no lights as it upsets the telescopes. Looking down to the east we had a clear view of Tekapo and the sky was amazingly clear.
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We were split into groups to have a look at the Telescopes at different stars exploding and a close up look at the moon. It was really interesting hearing different basic facts about the stars and what they represent. We found it well worth doing and really enjoyed it.
Its a lovely place Tekapo and its always fun staying here. I was really impressed with the park and the pools and as I said, a shame we were only here for the night.