On our first day in Christchurch my Mom and I got up early to go on a bus tour to Mt. Cook. The landscape of the South Island was very different to that of the North Island. It reminded me somewhat of home, the trees were changing beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow, and there was snow frosting the tips of the mountains. We stopped at an old church that over looked a magnificent glacier feed lake with mountains in the distance. As it was Easter Sunday there was a service going on inside, but on the way back we got to look inside. It was made from stone and wood, and its name was “Church of the Good Shepherd”. After that we went to the Mt. Cook visitor's center, where we ate lunch in front of Mt. Cook. Mt. Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand and also where Sir Edmund Hillary trained for an attempt at being the first man to climb Mt. Everest. He was successful. Then we made our way back to Christchurch on the bus.