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The centre and southern lakes
Setting off through the Canterbury plains, with their patchwork of grain fields and animals grazing in the paddocks, we wend our way towards the central and southern lakes. Turning off the main south highway we pass through the pretty town of Geraldine and glide through the foothills of the Southern Alps, the mountain range which runs the length of New Zealand’s South Island. We pass through the growing villages of the McKenzie Country, which encompass the beautiful lake side town of Tekapo at the foot of the Mt John Observatory and Omarama, the famed gliding capital of the world with its thermal air currents, perfect for the elegant sport of soaring in the cloudless sky. McKenzie was a sheep drover with a chequered and colourful history, fact mixed with fiction his name is famous on the lips of most South Islanders. So much so that a bronze statue of a McKenzie collie sheep dog has stood at the church of the Good Shepherd in Tekapo since March 1968. Yet there is no time for stopping on this particular journey – we continue south.TeresaGlobalTravels Teresa Lynch
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