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The Visual Perfection of Secluded Lake Tekapo

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A May 2008 trip to New Zealand by Red Mezz

Lake Tekapo Photo, New Zealand, South Pacific More Photos
Quote: Though a small place - the picture perfect spot of Lake Tekapo sits right in the pathway from Christchurch to Queenstown, and has a lot to offer on it's own for the traveller in love with the scenery

Arriving in Lake Tekapo

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Lake Tekapo Photo, New Zealand, South Pacific
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For anyone who’s been, the moment driving over the last bend in the road after miles of somewhat barren countryside into the village of Lake Tekapo isn't something that is easily forgotten. Very suddenly the mountains rise, sharp and white regardless of the time of year amidst the astounding turquoise of the lake before it. It is very likely - if you take the time to drive the hour from Queenstown or the three hours from Christchurch (the only way to arrive in Lake Tekapo) then you have at least heard about the famous lake, the picturesque church, and the visuals of the beginning of New Zealand's Southern Alps. But it would be very hard to appreciate the grandeur of it u...Read More

Pepes Pizza and Pasta

Restaurant | "Very Tasty Option"

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It must be said that the dining options in Lake Tekapo are slim to none. It is, after all, a very small village despite the renowned it's had for the lake and a few of it's newer sight seeing options. Add to that a nice little selection of budget accomodation, and you have a large number of tourists passing through the area. And it's also true that there are very few places to stop between Christchurch and Queenstown, and even fewer places to eat. Lake Tekapo - though it has more options than surrounding towns and places to stop, still only has about half a dozen places to eat. And many of these are very over priced. Which brings us to Pepes Pizza and Pasta. Loc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2009

Pepes Pizza and Pasta
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
+64 (3) 6806 677

MacKenzie Alpine Horse Trekking

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Attraction | "Best Thing to Do in Lake Tekapo"

MacKenzie Alpine Horse Trekking Photo, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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Of all the places I visited in my year in New Zealand, I spent the most time in the little village of Lake Tekapo on the South Island. It was here that I spent almost 6 months living and or working, and though it's a small place, I really got a feel for what it had to offer the other travellers coming through in that time. And so it is with some level of confidence and a great deal of enthusiasm that I can say that the best activity to do in Lake Tekapo is a Mackenzie horse trek. Lake Tekapo isn't a big place, though it is almost dead centre in the middle of the South Island and a great place to stop on your way from Christchurch to Queenstown. And the town has taken advantag...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 29, 2009

MacKenzie Alpine Horse Trekking
Godley Peaks Road
Lake Tekapo
+64 27 5444880

Air Safaris

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Attraction | "The Grand Traverse - Air Safari"

Air Safaris Photo, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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Something that does unfortunately become very apparent very quickly while travelling around New Zealand is the cost of things. The incredible increase in tourism over the past few years seems to have made every single possible attraction into a tourist mecca - and the prices and crowds reflect that. After being in the country for almost 6 months I was starting to wonder if the pristine and remote views I excitedly came to New Zealand as a photographer for were available with out a huge price tag and a busy crowd of tourists. When first arriving in Lake Tekapo, a flight over the stunning lakes and mountains of the area was very high on my list of things to do - but time spent t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 19, 2008

Air Safaris
Lake Tekapo Airstrip
Lake Tekapo
+64 3 680 6880

Tailor-Made Backpackers

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Hotel | "Tailor-Made Tekapo Backpackers: Best Common Room Atmosphere"

Tailor-Made Backpackers Photo, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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This is a hostel that lands directly in the centre range of hostel/backpacker stays. It has many plus points for the average traveller, and though is certainly a backpackers and not a hotel – it doesn’t have an overwhelming backpacker vibe that some do. There seems to be a good variety of travellers that come through here, and on any given night you may be staying with any kind of group – which makes for a much nicer atmosphere. You would as likely see a family group visiting as a 20 year old backpacker on a gap year, and you don’t arrive feeling suddenly that you’re staying in a cruddy version of a college dorm. There’s a very homey feel to Tailor Made, which has a really n...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 29, 2008

Tailor-Made Backpackers
9-11 Aorangi Crescent
Lake Tekapo
+64 (3) 680 6700

Doughboy's Cafe

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Restaurant

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With the beautiful shining turquoise lake sitting so perfectly against the little town, everything in Lake Tekapo is well placed. There are a selection of places to eat more than there is anything else in this little village, and unfortunately it seems that most of them think they are in a bigger and more expensive place than they actually are. (The average meal price in Lake Tekapo is the same or more than it would be in Christchurch, minus the atmosphere and quality you would get in the bigger city.) So if you are passing through this little town and money is an issue (and to be honest, it will be for most travellers in New Zealand) then a good option is the little spot called Doughboy...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 4, 2008

Doughboy's Cafe

Lake Tekapo

Church of the Good Shepherd

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Attraction | "Church of the Good Shepherd - "

Church of the Good Shepherd Photo, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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If there is one sight that is more photographed or prolific than the lake itself in Lake Tekapo it is certainly the Church of the Good Shepherd. With it’s charming name and drop dead location perched out on the edge of Lake Tekapo with a picture perfect backdrop against the crystal clear blue lake and the snow covered mountains surrounding it, it’s no wonder people make the trip to this remote little town in the McKenzie just to take their own photos of it. And it is certainly beautiful, and at a wonderful location. As a photographer I was more than a little intrigued and excited about the prospect of shooting it myself. And in the time I have spent in the area I have gathered a rather ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 19, 2008

Mt John Observatory

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Attraction | "Mt John Walks and Observatory"

Mt John Observatory Photo, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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There are two things that Lake Tekapo is really known for – the surreal colour of it’s lake, and the astonishing clarity of it’s stars. And there is no better place to appreciate both than from the top of Mt John or from the Mt John Observatory. Lake Tekapo is currently applying for status as a Unesco World Heritage Site for it’s stars. If you have any interest in astrology at all then this is a must see while you are in the area. Any clear night out does offer an astonishing view of the stars above Lake Tekapo, but seen from the top of Mt John on a crisp and clear night is a truly astonishing thing. You may have heard the complaint that there isn’t much to do in Lake Teka...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 19, 2008

Mt John Observatory
Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
+64 (3) 6806960