New Zealand Pt. 3 - Lake Tekapo


Lake Tekapo ('Taka' - Sleeping Mat, Po - 'Night') is a natural stopping point for travelers heading to Queenstown from Christchurch, as it positioned almost halfway between the two cities. The lake itself is nothing but stunning, with blue milky water with very cool water even in the midst of summer.


While the township is small, the place is a very popular tourist destination, due to its proximity to mount Cook and the amazing view. One must visit place if you are in Lake Tekapo is the Church of A Good Shepherd, which is a chapel-sized church by the lake, and Mt. John observatory, where you can see the whole lake and the township from a very high vantage point.

Do spend some of your time to visit the Astro Cafe, have a sip of coffee or ice cream. Lake Tekapo is one of the few certified dark night sky locations in the world, so when the weather permits, join the Earth and Sky stargazing tour for a mesmerizing experience (it is a bit expensive, but worth it).























Disclaimer - these pictures below were taken with my camera, which was set on a special rigging at Mt. John Observatory by the friendly guides and astronomers. The rigging allows the camera to consistently follow the movement of the stars across the night sky, and the result is a sky full of stars. Make sure that you have bulb setting in your camera to be able to utilise their special rig. The credit is theirs. :)



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