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 to Lake Alexandrina
One of the top reasons to visit Lake Alexandrina and Lake McGregor is the drive. Godly Peak road takes you to the turnoff to Mount John Observatory (drive up there too — awesome views!) and then along a scenic stretch of road with the occasional lake view.
The Peninsula Walkway is in this area — it’s one of the best short walks in the region and is particularly special in winter.
If you do this drive in summer (especially late November – late December) you’ll see lupins.. Lupins make for a great foreground for shots of Lake Tekapo.
Lake Alexandrina is home to a small village featuring some cute little baches (holiday homes) and a camping ground. It’s a popular spot in the summer months and is a great option if you want to stay outside of town a bit. My favourite part of our trip was the short walks we found. One takes you along a track next to the lake and seems to go for quite a long way (we only walked for 10 minutes or so).
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For the best views of Lake Alexandrina, you’ll need to walk up the 4WD track near the car park. It’s close to the little bridge and the camping ground (it should be obvious). Once you’re at the top there’s a track with impressive views over Lake Alexandrina, Lake McGregor and Lake Tekapo. This place would be amazing in winter when the mountains and hills would be covered in snow.
Another short walk starts off the road heading up through the village. Again, it’s a 4WD track and isn’t marked or named, but the views of Lake McGregor and Lake Tekapo make it worth seeking out.
The little village at Lake Alexandrina doesn’t have any shops, so you’ll need to get supplies in Lake Tekapo. It has a nice waterfront area and it’s good to have a wander along the streets above the lake.
Lake McGregor is right next to Lake Alexandrina and also has a camping ground ($10 per person). There’s not a lot else there but the lakeside area is nice enough. The best part about Lake McGregor are the views from above. Another interesting thing to see at Lake McGregor is #thoselakemcgregortrees — partially submerged trees that reminded me a bit of #thatwanakatree, an Instagram superstar of a tree in Lake Wanaka.
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