Working in Tekapo

Cleaning Motel units is definitely not a job I would want forever but I am not complaining.  I get to move for about 4 hours a day instead of sitting in front of a computer for 8 hours.  I listen to podcasts as I go about my work and the only supervision I have is occasionally  a visit from the resident cat.

I have free accommodation with my own room and bathroom as well as getting  paid the princely sum of $21.50 and hour for my work. 

Not too bad for a homeless person
One shop 100 metres away

The view out the windows is stunning and I am meeting new people every day.

There is usually a couple of Te Araroa walkers sharing the backpackers with me so I am keeping up to date with what is happening on the trail and help out with their planning.

  • This week has seen;
  • 2 kiwi women in their 70s,
  • a 17 year old kiwi girl,
  • two friends from Waikato doing sections,
  • a retired man who was head of paediatrics in an Auckland  hospital,
  • a young Japanese lad and French girl who have been happily “stuck” in New Zealand for the Covid time.

There is a steep hill walk up Mt John that I do some afternoons up to an observatory.  Unfortunately the cafe at the top is closed because of the lack of tourists. This area is world famous for the dark skies and stars.

Nice path in the shade
And up we go
Interesting mushrooms 🍄
Lake Tekapo
Star gazing run by Canterbury University
A jigsaw to do

5 thoughts on “Working in Tekapo

  • It’s just a nice way to see our country…motels ,fruit picking whatever..you are enjoying yourself aren’t you? At least the weather looks nice..take care..

  • What more could you want Karen….you look well, relaxed and happy, wish I was there with you…. Go girl. ….and yes you are right, who the hell wants to sit in front of a computer all day. Loving your posts, keep em coming. Happy days. X

  • Lovely that you have a base in Tekapo. We are here at the moment at the NZMCA park – did the the Mt John walk today- whole loop- lots of toadstools and rabbits

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