Tekasnow!

Mackenzie bronze dog chilled in the snow

Mackenzie bronze dog chilled in the snow

Tekapo had its biggest snow fall in 40 years over 18/19 June creating a winter wonderland. Guests woke to whiteout. Their vehicles were buried and the roads out of Tekapo had disappeared. Nothing for it but to sit tight and have a long breakfast by the fire and absorb the stunning vista.

Lake Tekapo from Mt John  1 July 2013

Lake Tekapo from Mt John 1 July 2013

Some guests could not check in and some could not check out …But all were very gracious and seemed to enjoy the excitement of deep snow. Nicholas and Jessica had planned an extended stay photographing Tekapo. They were caught up in the white stuff and were intrepid enough to brave the elements for the sake of art. Nicholas kindly allowed me to post some of his photographs – quite simply some of the most beautiful views of Tekapo in winter. Many thanks.

Church of the Good Shepherd Tekapo June 2013 by Nicholas Tan

Church of the Good Shepherd Tekapo June 2013 by Nicholas Tan

The snow stayed around for many days with the Mt John Observatory road finally opeing on 1July. After wind and rain a few days later most of the snow melted away. However as I write this I am looking at a sprinkle of snow like icing sugar on the near landscape.

Alistair is very happy as he got to experience cross country skiing over the golf course and terminal moraine. We are off to one of the four local skifields, Round Hill, today as it is clear and bright blue and white for 360 degrees.

Lake  Tekapo June 2013 by Nicholas Tan

Lake Tekapo June 2013 by Nicholas Tan

 

4 thoughts on “Tekasnow!

  1. Wow, Winter Wonderland in July! It’s 100 Degrees F here in Houston, so quite a pleasure to see the white stuff and think of skiing! Just finished producing a photobook of our great trip to Middle Earth and Tekapo last November so New Zealand has been on my mind!

    Ciao!

    • Kia Ora! Would love to see the photobook? Just back from a magic day on the mountain – sunshine, snow and nobody on the slopes (almost)….

  2. Wow! looks amazing, I guess we will have to try out your winter next year and see if we can be lucky enough to spot this view

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