Lake Tekapo is a stunning, 32-sq. mile, light turquoise lake nestled in the shadow of the Southern Alps. Our place sits on the end of a point overlooking the lake, a block away from the tiny one-street, two-block “town.” The view is spectacular and like nothing we’ve ever seen. As pretty as it is in the daytime, it is also incredible at night. Lake Tekapo is part of a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, making it the perfect spot for stargazing. We went out last night (late because it isn’t fully dark until after 11!) and walked around. I have NEVER seen so many stars!
Buses of tourists make pitstops on the road in front of our house for quick photos of the lake and the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. They also tramp up the front lawn to take pictures of each other in our patch of colorful lupines, which dot the roadsides and are in full bloom this time of year. Lake Tekapo is in ultimate contrast to the crumbed concrete of Christchurch and the perfect place for a couple days of rest and relaxation.