Tekapo, New Zealand
Lake Tekapo was the perfect end to our 10 day road trip around the South island of New Zealand. If you’re in the Mackenzie region, it is worth a stop. The backdrop for all activities is the amazing turquoise blue colour of New Zealand’s highest large lake, scenic Lake Tekapo.
The village, although small, was the perfect place for us to enjoy a relaxing, beautiful last day together. There were several iconic tourist attractions that we stopped at including the bronze statue of a New Zealand Collie sheepdog, a statue I learned was commissioned by Mackenzie Country residents in 1968 recognition of the indispensable role of the sheepdog in their livelihoods. As well, we visited the iconic Church of the Good Sheperd. The church provides awe-inspiring views of Lake Tekapo and the surrounding mountains through its altar window which has been the setting for thousands of weddings.
Depending on the time of the year there are different activities, all that occur under the marvelous starry-night skies in Tekapo.
Lauren and I enjoyed a relaxing few hours in Tekapo hot springs, before our night ended. Unfortunately, the outdoor ice rink was closed at this time; I missed it by a few weeks unfortunately.
Before trekking three hours back to Christchurch, we stopped at the Mt. John Observatory where we experienced spectacular views of the glass-like Lake Tekapo.