From Akaroa we drove south to venture with our van through the southern alps. The sceneries we crossed were so stunning they often left us speechless. We were just driving in silence admiring every bit of the hills, lakes, mountains and rivers around us. First stop was lake Tekapo, a turqoise lake where we camped just by the water. On top of mount John, just by the lake, they set up a sky observatory as the night sky in this spot is the clearest of the southern emisphere. During the day the same spot offers unbelievable views over the lake and the sorrounding region.We have never seen such a landscape, 360 degrees of beauty, with a costantly changing intense sunlight. Not hard to believe why the Maori settled by the lake ages ago. Also not too tough to understand why people are so warm and smiley here. On one hand they are living in the middle of the most stunning nature, on the other there are so few people living here that when they meet or they see us it's always a joyful moment! They have a spontaneous good mood and a brilliant care for the environment, which is their first resource. 15 km from the lake we had the ultimate salmon experience, eating salmons literally just fished- best sashimi ever on a campervan looking over the sunset. We are starting to be very attached to our little truck!