The Canterbury High Country is all about mountains and lakes. Two lakes especially. The first one is Lake Tekapo, surrounded by snowcapped mountains all around.
For better views on lake and mountain take the peninsula track and enjoy 2 hours of beauty.
White cliffs near peninsula track:
And for even better views, up to Mt. John Observatory - a perfect place for lunch.
The second famous lake is Lake Pukaki, here with Mt. Cook in the background:
What can you do when the weather just keeps being awesome? More walks like the Hooker Valley Track near Mt. Cook, which features some fantasic views on ice and mountains:
And another walk to see the Tasman Glacier closer than from the official viewpoint. As it turns out a glacier is quite a dirty thing:
The next day the weather changed completely, the blue sky gone and heavy rain pouring down. So just a quick excursion to the official Tasman glacier viewpoint. Well the edge is barely visible: