Fun things to do in Lake Tekapo and the Mackenzie Basin, New Zealand
30 Jan 2020

16 Fun Things to Do in Lake Tekapo and the Mackenzie Basin

If you’re travelling through the mountain areas of the central South Island, then you’ll almost definitely end up in Lake Tekapo at some point. It’s one of the most popular South Island tourist towns and the surrounding area, known as the Mackenzie Basin (or Mackenzie Country), is full of interesting

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27 Jan 2020

Lake Alexandrina and Lake McGregor, MacKenzie Basin

If you’re looking to explore the area around Lake Tekapo, the short drive to Lake Alexandrina is a great option. The road there is very scenic and there are some great views to be had above Lake Alexandrina and Lake McGregor. Keep reading to find out more! The Scenic Drive

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Searching for lupins in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
22 Jan 2020

Searching for Lupins near Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo, and the surrounding area, is home to some of the best scenery in New Zealand. It’s a great place to visit at any time of year, but if you happen to be there in summer (especially early summer) you’ll be greeted to a colourful treat – lupins! We

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Lake Pukaki, New Zealand
18 Nov 2019

Lake Pukaki: The Bluest Lake in New Zealand

You’ll drive around the shores of Lake Pukaki when driving between Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook (or between Twizel and Mount Cook) and if you’re lucky enough to strike it on a nice day you’ll be blown away by how blue it is. It’s a surreal place to see and

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The scenic drive to Mount Cook, New Zealand
03 Apr 2019

Driving the Scenic Road to Mount Cook

In a country full of scenic roads, the road to Mount Cook stands out as one of the most spectacular. The Southern Alps, including Mount Cook, are on full view as you skirt the bright blue waters of Lake Pukaki. Thinking of driving the scenic road to Mount Cook? Keep

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Church of the Good Shepherd, New Zealand
24 Dec 2018

Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo, a small town on the edge of the lake with the same name, is home to one of New Zealand’s most iconic churches. Why is the Church of the Good Shepherd so popular? Is it overrated? Should they move the car park to allow for better photos? I

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Hot pools in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
30 Oct 2018

Hot Pools in Lake Tekapo: Relaxing at Tekapo Springs

Lake Tekapo, the tiny town with an old stone church by the lake of the same name, is the perfect place to relax after hiking in the Mount Cook / Mackenzie Basin region. After a long day of hiking it’s hard to beat a relaxing soak in the Tekapo Springs

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24 Oct 2018

Stargazing in Lake Tekapo: The Mount John Observatory Tour

In small town New Zealand there generally isn’t much to do when the sun goes down. That’s not the case for Lake Tekapo though, as it sits in New Zealand’s only dark sky reserve, meaning it’s ideal for stargazing. Dark Sky Project (formally Earth and Sky) invited us to do

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Lake Ruataniwha, Mackenzie Basin, New Zealand
11 Sep 2018

Lake Ruataniwha, Mackenzie Basin

There are some places in New Zealand that will never be the main destinations for tourists. Lake Ruataniwha is one of those. You’ll pass it when driving between Queenstown / Wanaka and Mount Cook / Lake Tekapo and it makes for a nice place to stop for a quick rest

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22 Aug 2018

Coffee with a View at Mount John Observatory, Tekapo

Mount John Observatory is the ultimate lazy person’s viewpoint. You can drive right up to the café at the top of the mountain and from there you can see 360-degree views of the stunning surrounds, including lakes, mountains and the little town of Lake Tekapo. It’s one of the best

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