I had always heard rumours about Lake Tekapo and how the colour of the water is this amazing blue colour and I have seen pictures with pink and purple flowers around this aqua blue lake and thought to myself, I have to see that one day but actually witnessing this lake with my own eyes was a completely different story. Firstly the colour of the water just makes me weak at the knees. I don’t what it is about that shade of blue but I can’t get enough of it.
We flew into Christchurch the previous night and hired a car and drove straight to Lake Tekapo the next day which was about a 3 hour drive. My first glimpses of Lake Tekepo were while we were stuck on the road behind a truck that was carrying a house and couldn’t get between the signposts. It was torture. I could see a tiny glimpse of blue water and just wanted to get to the lake but had to wait patiently for the truck driver to manouvre his cargo through the obstacles. It was actually quite amusing to watch!
After finally reaching the lake I ran straight to the waters edge like a kid in a candy shop! I was surprised to see some little waves on the lake. If only I had my GoPro! I would have jumped in to capture the action! The deep turquoise colour comes from “rock flour” which is released into the lake from the surrounding mountains and glaciers. This is suspended in the water and when the sunlight hits it, it creates this beautiful colour.
After having a little play lakeside it was time to check into our accommodation (Lakeview Tekapo) which had views straight across to the lake and a big skylight right above the bed for star gazing at night! It was an awesome place to stay and I will definitely stay there again next time I’m in Lake Tekapo.
Then it was off to explore this gorgeous little town. First off was the famous Church of the Good Shepherd. I think this church is one of the most photographed churches in the world. It certainly has the best views from inside of any church that I have come across.
Next we were off to Mt John for some scenic views over the lake. This is also where the Mt John University Observatory is located. Lake Tekapo was selected as the best place for the observatory due to its very clear atmosphere, large number of clear sky nights, and relative freedom from light pollution. There are a few different dark skies tours that you can do from the observatory if you are keen. Check them out here. The water looks even bluer from above.
It was starting to get close to sunset so we headed back down to the lakes edge and found some cool little piles of rocks which are called Cairns. They made prefect foreground interest as the sun was setting into one of the craziest sunsets Ive ever witnessed. Its started off with soft pastels and then died into nothing.
Then after 20 minutes the sky lit up again into the strongest colours of pink, purple, yellow and orange and this went on for about 30 minutes. It was the most bizarre sunset I have ever seen and I was running around like a crazy person trying to capture it all!
After running around all day we had worked up quite an appetite and found a beautiful little pizza place in town called Pepes Pizza and Pasta and enjoyed a well earned pizza.
The next day we were off to Mt Cook. Our time at Lake Tekapo was brief but so worth it. I will definitely be adding it to the list again next time we go back to New Zealand. Even though its a small little town it is one that you shouldn’t miss.
Have you been to Lake Tekapo? If so, I would love to know your experience of it. So leave a comment below! 🙂