In the centre of the South Island of New Zealand lies Lake Tekapo. This highland lake and settlement at 710 meters (2300 feet) is in the heart of the Mackenzie District and surrounded by a vast basin of golden tussock grass. The name Tekapo derives from Maori words Taka (sleeping mat) and Po (night).
The landscape is outstanding, sculpted by successive Ice Age glaciers, the remnants of which continue to discharge fine ‘rock flour’, giving the lake its intense turquoise hue. The sky is huge and of extraordinary clarity, making Lake Tekapo one of the world’s best locations to probe the heavens from its observatories atop Mt John.
Mt John, home to the Observatory, shelters a lake shore camping ground, and the Alpine Springs Hot Pools and Spa complex. In winter the complex also features state of the art ice skating facilities. Just along the beach there is a launching bay for boaties to enjoy family fun, fishing and waterskiing.
Lake Tekapo’s geographical location, allows this highland to enjoy some of New Zealand’s highest sunshine hours, and lowest average wind speeds.
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