Anne Marie and I recently drove from Queenstown to Moeraki via Lake Tekapo, Timaru and Oamaru, taking in some incredible scenery along the way. The colour of Lake Tekapo is simply stunning, an almost unreal turqoise blue caused by fine particles in the water. The area is also one of the darkest in the southern hemisphere and home to Mount John’s Observatory where we glimpsed a partial solar eclipse and had a tour of the night sky. Moeraki is a small coastal town famous for strange spherical boulders found on its beach. They look almost man-made and are completely unique. Other highlights included eating delicious seafood at Fleurs Place, watching the penguins come ashore and pristine sandy beaches that we had all to ourselves. New Zealand continues to impress.