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.
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.
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.