Clean, clear air and a stunning Alpine beauty make Lake Tekapo one of the most unspoiled travel destinations in the world. The Lake, which can be found around three hours’ drive from Christchurch international airport offers visitors a stunning view over crystal blue waters towards Mew Zealand’s famous Southern Alps.
The area surrounding Lake Tekapo is justifiably famous for 24 hour a day activities – there is literally something to do day and night. The clear skies and lack of light pollution have made this region extremely popular with stargazers. The appearance of the majestic Southern Lights, which are at their best between April and September, contribute to the areas popularity with those in search of a place to wonder at nature’s beauty.
For those with an interest in the heavens no trip to Lake Tekapo would be complete without visiting Mount John Observatory which is home to New Zealand’s largest telescope. Here visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee while taking in the natural splendor of the surrounding countryside.
For those wanting a bird’s eye view of the Lake and its surrounds an air safari is the ideal way to spend a morning or afternoon. The flights are offered by a variety of tour operators and take in the lake, as well as the majestic Southern Alps, including Mount Cook and the Westland National Parks, including some of the most magnificent glaciers to be found anywhere on Earth.
For those who want something a little more down to Earth (literally) a cruise across Lake Tekapo is an ideal way to sped a day. Guests on the cruise can take in the unspoiled beauty of Motuariki Island and enjoy views across Godley Valley.
Winter is when Lake Tekapo is at its finest. For those wanting the true Alpine experience, complete with winter sport options this is when you will want to visit the region.
During this magical time of year a layer of snow carpets the ground and the bracing, crisp clean air offers a tonic for those who want to escape the frantic pace of the 21st century.
The two ski areas at the lake, Roundhill and Mount Dobson offer full ski facilities for newcomers to the sport as well as experienced skiers and snowboarders. Don’t worry if you don’t have the required equipment there are skis and other items available for hire and snow is almost guaranteed with snow making machines making each trip a great excursion to remember.
After your day on the snow is complete warm up at the Tekapo hot springs which overlook the lake. Here you can pamper yourself with a world class spa day or simply lie back and relax, letting the warm water sooth tired muscles while taking in one of the most scenic vistas in New Zealand.
The region around Lake Tekapo has an almost endless number of activities for nature lovers. Whether you want to hike, hunt or fish or simply want to enjoy Mother Nature at her finest a day in the Southern Alps is just what the doctor ordered.