We finally left the Christchurch area about 1:45pm and had a beautiful drive toward the Alps. Tekapo was a hub of activity with wedding pictures taken among the abundant lupin. The stunningly vibrant turquoise-colored lake water is the result of ancient glacier ice crushing mountain rock as it travels from the slopes of the Southern Alps into the rivers that deliver the melted ice into the Lake. A fine flour-like powder is suspended in the water and, when reflecting light, produces the pale blue color Lake Tekapo is known for. The lake is 32 km long and 120 meters deep at its deepest part. We were impressed.
We were also exhausted once we arrived at Tailor-Made hostel. We cooked a quick dinner and called it a night because tomorrow morning we leave very early.