NZ Trip: Oamaru and Lake Tekapo

May 15, 2024
New Zealand

I’m continuing on with our road trip around the south island of New Zealand in May/June last year. It was a three week trip so too much to cover in one post, hence several posts and more to come yet! If you haven’t seen the previous posts from the trip and you’re interested, you can find them all HERE

DAY 15 (27 May 2023)

We farewelled our lovely St Clair apartment and Dunedin this morning and hit the road again.

We stopped at The Outpost Cafe at Waikouaiti for morning tea. Wasn’t that long ago we had lunch at The Outpost Cafe at Canungra. Wonder if they’re related?


We next stopped in at Oamaru, bought some salad wraps to take with us on the road for lunch, drove through the Oamaru Heritage Precinct, and then went to see some seals. They have penguin colonies there too but you mostly only see them late afternoon and evening. We saw a heap of Shags on a wharf (not a rock 😂). Sumpter Wharf to be exact. A couple of local ladies we got chatting to said they’ve been begging council to put up signs saying they are ‘shags’ and not penguins as many tourists mistake them for penguins due to all the signage saying this is a penguin area.

Bare with me readers … I was VERY excited to be seeing seals up so close!

We loved Oamaru and in fact if we ever get back to the south island, this is an area worthy of a longer stay and explore!

Eventually we reached Lake Tekapo where we’ll be staying for two nights. We stayed at Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo. No fabulous photos were taken on this day. It was late in the day when we arrived and I just took a few photos and videos from the balcony of our apartment. Hopefully better photos tomorrow!

New Zealand

We went to dinner at the local Blue Lake Eatery & Bar tonight. I took several photos of my glass of wine but not one of my food and I can’t remember now what I had to eat but I do remember the prices were very expensive so I think I had something quite small and simple!


Tomorrow we’ll drive up to Aoraki/Mt Cook and explore the village there and walk some tracks. There’s a slight possibility of a helicopter ride over Mt Cook but when we called this morning they said weather wasn’t looking good and to call again to check tomorrow morning so we shall see! You’ll have to come back and read the next NZ Trip post to find out what happened! At this point we’ve not been having much luck with helicopter rides but my mindset was always that I’d rather be safe than the alternative! We’ve reached the last week of our trip!

Ciao for now,

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  • Reply Christie Hawkes May 15, 2024 at 6:24 am

    It sounds like a wonderful time, Min! How wonderful that you got to see the seals up close. We saw one in Hawaii once…almost stepped on it, it blended in so well with the beach. Also, I love the picture of your coffee.

    • Reply Min May 15, 2024 at 11:10 am

      Hi Christie, it was a fabulous holiday! Yes it was great to see the seals up close. There WAS a fence between us and locals warned they could be a bit aggressive so I was glad for the fence. We saw a seal in the distance at either Milford or Doubtful Sound (can’t remember which) and I’ve seen seals at Seaworld on the Gold Coast but that was in captivity. To see them up close in their natural habitat was a whole other thing! Glad you like my coffee pic! I quite like it too! lol With regards to your comment about the seal on the beach at Hawaii that you nearly stepped on … keep watch for NZ Trip posts because there is another up close and personal experience with seals coming up that was even more fabulous than this one! xo

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee May 15, 2024 at 6:56 am

    Oh, the seals!! I’m jealous. They’re so lovely. We swam with them off Narooma and they’re so cute! Amazing creatures. Lucky you!

    • Reply Min May 15, 2024 at 11:11 am

      Hi Lydia – the seals are fascinating to watch! Their eyes and eyelashes get me! We had an even more incredible experience with seals in NZ which will be in a future NZ Trip post! xo

  • Reply Natalie May 15, 2024 at 8:06 am

    What a wonderful trip you had, Min. Seals are fun to watch. I’ve seen them in Canada, the USA and Iceland. I’d love to visit New Zealand.

    • Reply Min May 15, 2024 at 11:12 am

      Hi Natalie, it was the most wonderful trip – a year ago now which is hard to believe! I hope you get to visit New Zealand one day. You would love it! It is so beautiful. xo

  • Reply Denyse Whelan May 15, 2024 at 9:16 am

    How wonderful it is for us to see where you have been and for you to re-visit this place and the memories of a wonderful holiday with your husband.
    Thank you for the link up.

    • Reply Min May 15, 2024 at 11:13 am

      Hi Denyse, thank you! It was a wonderful three weeks of exploring and being out in nature. I was absolutely in my element! Loved every moment of that NZ holiday. xo

  • Reply Sue from Women Living Well After 50 May 15, 2024 at 11:19 am

    Gosh NZ is gorgeous, isn’t it Min? I always enjoy your travel posts and you’ve captured each area beautifully. I would love to return one day but there are so many places still on my bucket list! Thanks for hosting #WWWhimsy and have a beautiful week. x

    • Reply Min May 16, 2024 at 9:06 am

      Hi Sue, thankyou and yes NZ is SO gorgeous! It’s pretty clear how much I loved it over there lol I would love to go back again but like you, I have so many places on my bucket list and so few I have yet visited! xo

  • Reply sherry May 15, 2024 at 3:12 pm

    the south island is so glorious isn’t it? Hopefully we will go back to visit some day. Loved all the wildlife and gorgeous scenery. I loved when you said ‘bare with me’; I was ready to strip off right then and there – hee hee hee…

    • Reply Min May 16, 2024 at 9:09 am

      Hi Sherry, glorious it sure is! I really do hope I get back to visit again. Lots of places I’d like to revisit and more that I’ve yet to explore! LOL – oh you made me laugh with your comment on my bare with me and stripping off! I always get confused whether to use bare or bear but probably I should’ve used bear (I just always think of a big brown bear)! lol xo

  • Reply Jennifer Jones May 15, 2024 at 3:40 pm

    I haven’t been to this part of NZ so really enjoyed your post. I always love seeing seal so thanks for the clips you included. They were great to watch.

    • Reply Min May 16, 2024 at 9:10 am

      Hi Jennifer, thank you – I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. Seals are fascinating creatures aren’t they? xo

  • Reply Joanne May 16, 2024 at 2:52 am

    Oh that is so neat to see seals up close like that! We went on a harbor cruise to see some seals last spring and I still smile thinking of that.

    • Reply Min May 16, 2024 at 9:12 am

      Hi Joanne, it sure was neat to see them up close. I was mesmerized. I love their eyes and it’s fascinating to watch how they get around! I’m glad you have a good memory of seeing seals too! xo

  • Reply Debbie Harris May 16, 2024 at 5:42 pm

    It’s such a lovely part of the world isn’t it Min? I really have to go back one day soon!!1’m really enjoying your posts.

    • Reply Min May 21, 2024 at 9:10 am

      Hi Deb, yes it’s a beautiful part of the world! It’s no secret that I was really smitten with the south island of New Zealand – loved it! I’m glad you’re enjoying the NZ Trip posts because I worry they’re becoming a bit boring for everyone but I’m determined to get to the end of the trip so I have a good record of it here for me and as a resource for anyone planning a trip to NZ hopefully. xo

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