|Although we'd been there before we stopped at Lake Tekapo and Pukako on Sunday morning. Unfortunately the little Church of the Good Shepherd beside Lake Tekapo was surrounded by hoards of tourists and a cloudy start to the day slightly obscured our views of Mt Cook but the aqua colour of the 2 glacial lakes was still absolutely stunning.
Our next stop for a late lunch was Wanaka - by now it was sunny and quite warm so we had lunch by the lake - it's a very cute little town and there were loads of people out on the lake enjoying the good weather.
Arrived in Queenstown very low on petrol and the only place in town was closed down just a few days earlier. Wandered round the town - unlike the rest of NZ everywhere, absolutely everywhere stays open until at least 11pm and had dinner at Winnie's - a favourite from last time who do great pizza and banoffee pie. We also went to The Bunker for a drink - pretty cool place, which from outside has few signs that it exists and inside is pretty smart with a roaring log fire.
Checked with some people in town who verified that there weren't any other petrol stations in town and the nearest one was about 6km away. We definitely didn't have enough petrol to get there, but against my better judgement we headed for a campsite in the opposite direction to the petrol station and ran out of petrol before we got there! We managed to pull into the verge on the side of the road to camp there for the night but it was still a really bad place to stop and the van shook a lot every time cars went whizzing past - fortunately it wasn't a very busy road at night!
Pete got up at about 6.30 and headed off to find petrol, leaving me in the van in case the police came by and cars racing past beeping at me :o( I was pretty anxious that he would be ages but when he got into town he found out we'd been given the wrong advice last night and that there was another petrol station in the centre. A kind stranger took pity on him and drove him the last km of the 1-hour journey back to the van, to get him back just before 9am.