Lake Tekapo is a scenic three hours Campervan Hire NZ drive south-west of Christchurch. Pictorial by day and incredibly dazzling at night, Lake Tekapo is part of the UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, which makes it a blissful spot for stargazing.
The township faces north across the turquoise-coloured lake to the magnificence of the Southern Alps. The extraordinarily milky-turquoise colour of the Lake is acquired from the fine rock-flour which is ground by glaciers and is suspended in the water.
The Maori were the initial inhabitants of the Mackenzie Basin. They quarried stone to create tools, hunted birds, fished for eel and established summer camps next to the beautiful rivers and lakes. Till the mid 1800s European settlers were not aware of this region. Jock Mackenzie, a Scottish shepherd was arrested on charges of stealing sheep and forayed into this high country to conceal his stolen flock.
The Church of the Good Shepherd is picturesquely positioned on the shores of the lake. The altar window of the church frames a wonderful view of the majestic Mount Cook. Capture cherished moments of your Campervan Holiday on film in this spot. Visit early in the morning or late afternoon to stay away from the crowds.
The sheepdog monument is close to the church and is a must-see attraction. It is a bronze statue skilfully sculpted to acknowledge the district’s debt to the sheepdog without the assistance of which it would be almost impossible to develop Mackenzie Country.
Stroll along the walking tracks which follow the lake’s picturesque shore. Trek to Cowans Hill for magnificent views of the Mackenzie Basin. Rent a Campervan in New Zealand and travel through the perfect blend of green and serene spaces across the God’s Own Country. Splendid spaces adorned with nature’s amazing beauty, there is lot more waiting for you at New Zealand.
The Southern Lights is an enviable equivalent of the Northern Lights in the southern hemisphere and is ideally viewed between April and September. Lake Tekapo New Zealand is renowned for its clear nights and is devoid of light pollution which makes it an idyllic viewing destination. Experience this scintillating symphony of colour at Mount John Observatory which is perched high on the majestic mountains and is south-facing too.
Take a refreshing dip in the thermal goodness within the panoramic surrounds overlooking the lake. Indulgences include a steam room and sauna along with a day spa.
Set off on a Campervan Rental New Zealand holiday to the scenic Lake Tekapo and have a wonderful time with your family or friends.
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