Back on the Magic Bus today, going from Dunedin to Lake Tekapo, which is a little village fairly near Mt Cook, in the middle of the south island.

We started the day by walking up Baldwin Street: the world’s steepest street. It has an average gradient of 1 in 3.4, but is 1 in 2.8 at it’s steepest point. I made it to the top, but paid for it afterwards: very laboured breathing!

Next stop was the Moeraki Boulders. These are rocks of harder substance cemented together in sedimentary rocks millions of years ago. As the sea erodes the rocks at the beach, these boulders are appearing.

We stopped at the supermarket in Oamaru, and had lunch at Benmore Dam. We then had a photo stop at Lake Pukaki with Mt Cook in the background. Some LOTR scenes were also filmed here.

Once we were in Lake Tekapo, we swung by the Church of the Good Shepherd and statue of the bronze dog. The church was absolutely tiny: it could fit about twenty people in it. The statue of the dog is because the sheep stations in this part of the country needed dogs to keep the sheep in because there were no fences.

After checking into the hostel, I went for a walk along the lakefront and took photos of dusk.

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