River: Lake Tekapo, Mackenzie Country, NZ
Lake Conditions: Water cold and clear, light swell.
Weather Conditions: Cold, slight drizzle, light winds.
Number on Trip: 2
Time on Lake: 1 hour.
Comments: This was to be our last day in Tekapo and after the poor weather the day before, we weren’t entirely sure what we wanted to do before heading for home. As it seem to have stopped raining and was just cold and overcast, a paddle on the freezing cold lake seemed to be the perfect way to burn off a delicious breakfast of pancakes, bacon, banana and maple syrup with real whipped cream. We drove to the boat ramp past the camping ground and got changed into slightly damp kayaking gear while a chill wind blew off the mountains at the far end of the lake. I managed to tear the neck seal of my Bomber dry jacket (apparently 8 years of use is a very long life for a dry top) while pulling it on a little too fast.
Lauri lead the way, following the western shore line in the shadow of Mt John and I followed in her wake, enjoying the swell and the somewhat bleak scenery. In the distance, Motuariki Island beckoned but as we were short of time (not wanting to miss lunch) and the weather deteriorated after we had gone a bit over 2.5 kilometres, we turned for home. The trip back was a lot quicker with the wind at our backs and a following swell, and soon we were back on the beach trying to get out of our wet gear as quick as possible before hypothermia took hold, then off to the cafe atop of Mt John for lunch with a view.