Lake Tekapo, best place to spend your next vacation, New Zealand

14 October 2020    Erika Wanjiru

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Lake Tekapo may stir some confusion because of the name lake but it is a small town known by another name as Tekapo. The lake has various attractive features which make it a place of attraction and the best place to spend your next vacation. These features are; it has purple flowers on the edge, sharp blue water, the Rocky Mountains with white snow on top at the horizon, and blue skies which makes it one of the best landscape views. Due to the milky-turquoise color of the lake, there is a beautiful view can of fine rock-flour which is suspended in the water. They are many things you can enjoy during your vacation In Lake Tekapo. Let’s go through some of the things that are supposed to Lake Tekapo your destination.

Religion and history, Lake Tekapo

Religion and history

If you have an interest in religion and history the first place to visit when at Lake Tekapo is the Church of the good shepherd. The foundation stone for the church was laid by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, in 1935. It was built as a memorial church to commemorate early settlers. It is an item of capture which is the most photographed items in the country. The visitors enjoy the fact that the church still has regular catholic mass up to date.

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

Aoraki (Mt Cook) spectacular scenery

Another amazing thing in Lake Tekapo is the Aoraki/Mt Cook Tasman Glacier & Alpine Centre scenic day tour from Christchurch. Aoraki also which is also known as Mt Cook has one of the most spectacular scenery. It is also New Zealand’s highest mountain. If you want to do some exploration on Lake Tekapo explore Mount Cook from Christchurch. You can enjoy the fun at the mountain top which is mostly covered with snow. As you continue hiking the mountain stop at Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukari and enjoy views of Tasman Glacier. After the tiresome journey, you can have a fancy lunch at the Hermitage Hotel in UNESCO-listed Mt Cook/Aoraki National Park. You can also include round-trip hotel transport by coach with morning and afternoon tea.

When in this place you have adventures from Christchurch. When having these adventures you will encounter amazing sceneries like the scenic viewpoints along the way, such as Lake Pukaki, the Ben Ohau Range, and sites from Lord of the Rings. Don’t miss a visit to the Tasman Glacier, and the fun of having a delicious lunch too. When you visit the Tasman glacier keep in mind that viewing walk is subject to weather conditions on the day of travel which due to the mountains and altitude is very changeable. Due to this unpredictable weather condition, you may miss the tour at some points. If this happens you can visit the Mount Cook Edmund Hilary Center at the Hermitage.

Auckland

North to South Island Grand Tour from Auckland

Another place of amusement in Tekapo is the North to South Island Grand Tour from Auckland. This action-packed seven-day tour encompasses the highlights of both New Zealand islands. It is the best choice for those visitors who have limited time and are visiting Tekapo for the first time. The tour takes its course starting in Auckland, stop at Waitomo, Rotorua, Wellington, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Mt. Cook, Queenstown, and more. You can also take a ride scenic train and spot whales on a boat tour. There is so much to see and do than you could fit in if you are on the vacation alone.

Christchurch, New Zealand

South Island Tour from Christchurch

Don’t miss a visit to South Island Tour from Christchurch. Get the chance to see the top sights of the spectacular South Island, and a round-trip from Christchurch. Make sure you explore the capital of Queenstown when in the South Island. You can also take a boat cruise on Milford Sound, surrounded by steep rock walls. When experiencing all this fun you will get to see the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, and travel by rail through the Southern Alps aboard the scenic Transalpine Express. After being exhausted from the tour there are several places for accommodation in this place which include; a hotel pickup and drop-off, and four nights’ accommodation in Queenstown and Franz Josef.

Night Sky, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Best place for seeing the northern light

You must have heard about the symphony of the southern hemisphere equivalent of the northern light. Lake Tekapo is one of the best places in New Zealand to see it. They are best seen between April and September. Lake Tekapo is known for its clear nights and lack of light pollution making it a great viewing destination.

Dark Sky Experience, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Dark sky experience

There are also some other spectacular experiences in Lake Tekapo. Let’s talk about the Dark sky experience. Embark on a journey through time and space with this ticket to the Dark Sky Experience at Lake Tekapo. The night sky at this indoor exhibition is not only visible at night. The dark sky experience enhances Maori astronomy and recent discoveries to tell the story of our skies. You will also get a chance of learning about Maori astronomy and science of the night sky from the knowledgeable guide Cruise and also learn how to locate the South Celestial Pole and major constellations. For families visiting this place, this is an ideal experience. The multimedia exhibits and hands-on activities offer experiences for everyone. For weather changes reasons Jackets are supplied as part of the experience, warm clothes, and gloves.

Experience some unforgettable things

Before you end your Tekapo vacation make sure to experience some unforgettable things. Ascend from Christchurch and fly over the Canterbury Plains towards the spectacular Rangitata Gorge, side by side with the Southern Alps. Move to Forest Creek through to the expansive Mackenzie Basin and down to the aquamarine glow of Lake Tekapo to touch down and soak in the spectacular vista. Make a view of Lake Pukaki and head up to the famous Aoraki/ Mount Cook as the Tasman Glacier comes into full view. Fly towards the Murchison Glacier to the head of the Rangitata River Valley. Sour along with Mount Arrowsmith & touch down at the top of the interweaving braids of Rakaia River. As you head back to Christchurch, fly shoulder to shoulder through the sheer-sided river canyon of the Waimakariri Gorge.

Lake Tekapo or Tekapo town is a great place for great experiences with all kinds of people. Let it be the next place you tour.

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