Lake Tekapo, Mackenzie Basin, New Zealand. A large lake on the South Island is one of the three parallel lakes in the area. Surrounded with Southern Alps, the lake is very picturesque. It becomes especially beautiful in summer (winter in USA), when the violet lupins start blooming on the coast of the lake.
On the shores of Lake Tekapo the church of the Good Shepherd was built in 1935. Surrounded with nature only, the church serves as an ultimate spiritual sanctuary. Lake Tekapo resort town is proud of having Mount John Observatory, since the atmosphere, night sky and air are very clear here.
Why to go there?
The lake is found in the resort town, which offers many activities: from bathing in Tekapo springs and golfing, to trekking and fishing, from air safaris to astronomy tours in the observatory.
When to go there?
To observe the marvelous lupins, go there from mid-November to December.
How to get there?
3 hour drive from Christchurch International airport. The picturesque tourist route State Highway 8 goes through Lake Tekapo.
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Lead photo by Chris Gin
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