On Wednesday we had not yet decided what route to continue on. The main reason for our hesitation was the rather gloomy weather forecast. In the end we decided to head towards Dunedin in order to spend the rainy and cold days in a town and hope for better weather for our time in the mountains. With that said, after driving through some pretty galling rain fall on Thursday morning the skies started to clear and within an hour we had to put on our sun glasses.
As a result we quickly checked the updated weather forecast which proclaimed that at least that one afternoon should be clearer and partially sunny in the Mt Cook region. Therefore, we spontaneously abandoned our non-refundable campground booking down South and made our way to another one in the mountains: Mt Hay Stn Lake Tekapo Lookout.
This “campground” is a flat spot on private land on the edge of Lake Tekapo. With no facilities made available you are truly on your own in the middle of New Zealand’s spectacular nature. Never before have I woken to a view as beautiful as this. Also, a disclaimer, the pictures don’t even come close to doing the actual view and experience full justice - that’s how truly special it was.