The road north from Dunedin took us past the strangely compelling phenomenon of the "world famous" Moeraki boulders. We also stopped at Oamaru, an attractive town and home to colonies of both blue and yellow-eyed penguins. We watched a couple of the latter waddle ashore at Bushy Beach then pushed inland along SH 83 through mountain landscapes as far as Twizel for an overnight stop at a DOC site. It had been clear and sunny all day so we were relieved that Saturdaymorning was also clear for views of mighty Mt Cook. The drive in to theMt Cook National Parkis spectacularly beautiful, with glorious views across Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook and the Southern Alps. We walked up the Tasman Valley for views of the Tasman glacier, NZ's largest glacier, and back to theMountaineers Cafe in Mount Cook Village for refreshments before heading for Lake Tekapo. More great views across the lupin-shored lake to the mountains, and through the little Church of the Good Shepherd overlooking the lake, built as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie Country in 1935. Close to the church is a collie dog monument erected by the sheep farmers in the area as a mark of respect and affection for the sheep dog. Then onto our last stop in NZ, Christchurch, anddinner with T&C.