NZ #4: Lake Tekapo [Jan 4th]

This was one of the most lovely views I got in New Zealand. Lake Tekapo is 700 metres above sea level and covers 83 square kilometres, so it is really impressive with the mountain view behind the lake. Like a giant’s bathing place!

Lake Tekapo with Mountain View
Lake Tekapo with Mountain View

Be sure to wear sunscreen when visiting one of the lakes, the water reflects so much of the UV rays that you almost immediately can get a sunburn. I forgot to reapply on my feet, so the pattern from my walking sandals stayed with me for almost half a year. Not so nice!

Me at Lake Tekapo
Me at Lake Tekapo
Chapel at Lake Tekapo
Chapel at Lake Tekapo

There is a chapel at Lake Tekapo, the Church of the Good Shepherd, where many couples get married. When you got to see the mountain view right behind the altar … you know why:

View through Chapel's Window
View through Chapel’s Window

From the astronomical observatory at Mount John hilltop you have a great view upon Lake Alexandrina which has dark blue water.

Lake Alexandrina, the dark blue Lake
Lake Alexandrina, the dark blue Lake

Looking from the other hilltop side you see Lake Tekapo with its stunnig turquoise blue water.

Lake Tekapo, the turquoise blue Lake
Lake Tekapo, the turquoise blue Lake

When you take the gravel road north, you get closer and closer to the Southern Alps. I promise you, when you are there, you will feel a little bit like in one of the Lord of the Rings movies, only better because you can explore everything all by yourself.

Mount Cook View
Mount Cook View

What we indeed got to see much of that day was the gravel road. 20 kilometres to the mountain view, 20 kilometres back, … the lupins cheer you up. Also you get to see so many birds, that’s amazing!

Endless Gravel Road
Endless Gravel Road

If you ever gonna be in New Zealand, make sure to have enough time to spend at Lake Tekapo. Grab some picnic stuff and make yourself comfortable at the shore. Rest, get some peace of mind.

New Zealand #0 – The Adventure Begins [29.12. – 31.12.]

Today I start with a new blogpost series about traveling. In January I have been to New Zealand and in about 40 days I have visited both the south and the north island. It’s been a lot of fun, and I will share with you some of my photos, thoughts and travel tips.

When I started my journey in Germany, it was heavily snowing and the plane left Frankfurt Airport with delay after being de-iced. Unexpectedly I got an upgrade to business class:

On my flight from Frankfurt to Dubai I got an upgrade to business class.
On my flight from Frankfurt to Dubai I got an upgrade to business class.

It was nice being served champagne and cocktails and having so much space to lounge around, but I don’t think I would ever pay for first class. It is way too expensive for me!

The delay from Frankfurt messed up the complete schedule as we arrived in Dubai after our plane went off to Australia. Hence I had hours to spend at Dubai Airport in the middle of the night before flying to Bangkok.

Dubai Airport in the middle of the night.
Dubai Airport in the middle of the night.

From Bangkok, next stopover was Sydney, Australia. It was New Year’s Eve and I still wasn’t on a plane to Christchurch, New Zealand. In Sydney, our gate was occupied by staff and passengers for a flight to Birmingham which delayed our timetable even more. Half in delirium and after more than 40 hours of journey we got shuttled to a plane – originally I should have been in Christchurch after 36 hours.

This is Sydney, seen through the windows of the airport shuttle bus.
This is Sydney, seen through the windows of the airport shuttle bus.

I arrived in New Zealand after … I really don’t know after how many hours. My departure was on Monday 29th at three in the afternoon and I arrived on Wednesday 31st at six in the evening and had yet to go to the accommodation. The rental car was no longer available because of the public holiday, and my room reservation had been switched to another accommodation. Like a zombie I took a taxi to town. The very friendly taxi driver saved me from starving – you must not take any food with you when going to New Zealand – and gave me some bananas.

Twelve hours ahead of CET I did not stay awake for New Year’s Day. I collapsed exhausted into my bed and waited for the jetlag.

Zeitgeist #1

What’s been on in the last weeks?

Dr. Hauschka changed the design of most of their products by now, after the skin care products the body care followed. According to this alteration in layout, some of the products got a new packaging. Some of the body lotions are no longer packed in glass bottles but come in tubes instead, so now you can get every little bit of lotion out of the container. They have worked hard on a solution on that known problem, and I think, they solved it in a good way.

I have watched the third season of Switched at Birth and really like the characters and how everyone has to solve the “problem” with Daphne being deaf. To some words of German sign language (coffee, tea, family, smart phone, which I already can sign) I learned some ASL ones, like amazing and sorry. If you like soaps, have a look. If you are more the Blacklist-type, the second season is just being aired.

If you are more into reading and like easy young-adult fiction, have a look at Mythos Academy. It’s more like watching a film and eating popcorn than high literature, and I like a page-turner once in a while. By now I have gone through the first four books, the rest is already ordered.

We are planning our vacation to New Zealand, it takes a lot of time to read all the travel literature and mark interesting places on the maps. The whole living room is covered in maps and books and photo stuff (my husband got a new camera and has to shoot like thousands of photos to get all the features of the camera) which makes me happy: finally, New Zealand is just a few months away, and my anticipation is growing.

 

Link Love!

  • I have seen a beautiful eye make-up on Roses of Beauty, looks simple but versatile.
  • Zao Cosmetics sells eyeshadows, powders etc. in refillable bamboo containers, read more about it on Pura Liv – she shows lots of photos, too.
  • Marula Oil seems to be an oil that could work superb with my oily-dry skin, read about it on Jenni Raincloud.
  • Another choice for me could be a facial oil blend from Blue Labelle, Beatuy Balm got some samples of these very affordable blends.
  • My small make-up bag has been shown on Beautyjagd, have a look what I carry around with me on week end trips!

On my German blog I wrote some posts that might be interesting for you:

  • I like bergamot and have a full body routine with it!
  • Last week I bought both Lily Lolo eyeshadow palettes and posted lots and lots of photos of the packaging, the palettes, the single colours and some swatches.
  • How to find a facial oil that suits you? I blogged about my way through the beauty jungle.
  • My summer love: Sante No. 21 Coral Pink nail polish. Long lasting and beautiful.
  • Also general thoughts about blogging have been up on my German blog, mostly about transparency and free samples.
Lily Lolo Enchanted Eye Palette
Lily Lolo Enchanted Eye Palette

 

On what did you spend your time the last weeks? Did something interesting happen?