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"LAKE TEKAPO IS MAGICAL!" New Zealand Things to Do Tip by AusPinay

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Driving from Christchurch to Queenstown, we made sure we didn't miss visiting fabulous Lake Tekapo. Seeing it, soaking its beauty felt like being in heaven on earth!

In the centre of the South Island of New Zealand lies Lake Tekapo. This highland lake and settlement at 710 metres (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). Finely ground rock in the glacial melted waters give Lake Tekapo a beautifully unique turquoise colour. (source -

The serenity of the place, combined with the deep zure waters of the lake was enough to
calm our sagging spirits as we went past a very steep road on the way to Queenstown.

Typical of my hubby to take the "scenic" route, we missed the expressway in one turn and ended up traversing a steep road, the climb made dangerous with the absence of barriers on the narrow lane confounded with heavy fog! We were so happy to be alive and able to see the grandeur Lake Tekapo has to offer!

I cannot recall how we made it but we did and what a sight indeed!

Address: at central South ISland, Mackenzie District
Directions: Midway between Christchurch and Queenstown, at MAckenzie District, central South Island, NZ

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  • Written May 23, 2008
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