We spent another whole day in Queenstown before hopping back on the main Kiwi bus route to Lake Tekapo. We stayed in a beautiful campsite park right in front of the lake and were able to take strolls along the water at a whim.
Lake Tekapo is famous for its unrivalled view of the heavens and has an observatory on top of a huge mountainous hill that overlooks the tiny town. As we had less than 24 hours here, we headed off to climb said hill almost as soon as we arrived and it took us around an hour and a half to walk up and back again. The top had spectacular views (as almost every climb in New Zealand has had) but was so unbelievably windy that I honestly thought I would be blown away! There’s a great star gazing bench up there along with the observatory and I kind of wish we had waited until nightfall.
We didn’t pay to go to the observatory due to the steep price but we did decide to walk the ten minutes into the town centre to get late night chocolate (a bad habit I seem to have got into of late) and looking up was enthralling. I have never seen stars quite like it and it was such a clear night and a great way to end such a great day!