The next morning we went to 47Frocks, a super cool boutique where I discovered a new favourite NZ brand, kowtow. Another happy accident was finding Federal Diner down a sneaky lane. Two piccolos and an Antipodes sparkling water later, we continued on the road to Mount Cook.
After a few hours drive, we found a quaint little spot for lunch nestled between a caravan park and Lake Ruataniwha. The water and trees were such an amazing colour, and I was completely in love with the 'kindly sponsored by' waterslide and it's perfect reflection. I was also pretty darn stoked with my avocado, prosciutto, cherry tomato and goats brie baguette.
The day became moodier and moodier and by the time we were driving through Aoraki, the mountains were swimming in fog. It even snowed a little bit, which was actually lovely and made it much more glorious than I could have imagined. It was growing darker and colder, so we headed to Lake Tekapo to warm up in the hot pools.