The Christchurch team hit the road on Friday afternoon with Hello NZ tours. On our way to Tekapo, we passed through small towns like Geraldine, Ashburton, and Burkes Pass. We enjoyed the knowledgeable commentary from Gary, our tour guide, as we passed through the countryside. We learned all sorts of things, from the origin of the word ‘pub’ right through to the history of the regions we drove through. It was evident that Gary is an ex school teacher! Around three hours later we arrived at the beautiful Tekapo village. We spent the evening hunting out some delicious Thai Food, relaxing in the hot pools while staring at the incredible starry night above. The view from the pools was only a taster of what was to be seen down by the lake side, away from all the town light– a starry night to rival all others! As one of the students eloquently stated ‘Twinkly as, bro’. We definitely are integrating into the Kiwi culture! The next morning, we headed off to New Zealand’s tallest mountain – Mount Cook. Within the National Park, we enjoyed several stunning walks. First we tackled the walk to the Tasman glacier. When our tummies started to grumble too much, we walked back to the village for some lunch, then hit up the track to the Hooker Valley. Here we scampered over the rocks to get as close as possible to the roaring river below. Others, however, chose to take the more relaxed approach, and enjoyed lazing in the sun! Next on our stop was our Farm House accommodation. This Bed and Breakfast was run by a retired high country farmer who loves to share his farm, as well as his knowledge, with travellers. We hiked up the hills at the back of the farm where we walked through a herd of cows, tried to herd sheep, and enjoyed the spectacular views of the McKenzie Basin from the top of the hills. After all our hard work climbing, the BBQ dinner went down a treat! The next morning, the farmer took us down to the shearing shed to see the sheep being shawn, then it was off to Omarama to see the clay cliffs. Here we scampered up through the cliffs as far we dared. Finally, it was back to Tekapo to take some final photos, then of home after an epic weekend. Cheers guys!