WAITAKI - LAKE TEKAPO
169KM - 2 HRS
DEPART WAITAKI FOR LAKE TEKAPO
Along the way stop in for the sights at Timaru & Farlie.
Take a walk along Caroline Bay
Consume a famous Denheath Custard Square or two..
Pick up a coffee at Arthur St Kitchen
Fairlie Bakehouse, famous for pies and cronuts, try their famous bacon and salmon pie
The township faces north across the remarkable turquoise coloured lake to the mountainous drama of the Southern Alps. Lake Tekapo gets its intense milky-turquoise colour from the fine rock-flour (ground by glaciers) which is suspended in the water.
On the shores on the lake you'll see the beautiful Church of the Good Shepherd, where the altar window frames a perfect view of the Southern Alps beyond the lake. The church was built in 1935 for the pioneer families of the Mackenzie district and is still used as a place of worship. The church is a popular photo spot for visitors - please note that when you visit the church, weddings and services may be taking place, respect is needed from visitors.
There are walking tracks following the lake shore. For huge views of the Mackenzie Basin you can hike up to Mount John Observatory (1031 metres) or Cowans Hill.
A great way to relax after the days exploring is to take a soak under the stars at the Tekapo Springs (conveniently located right next to the Lake Tekapo Holiday Park), perhaps even joining their Tekapo Star Gazing tour, New Zealand's only guided hot pool stargazing experience.
TIMARU: Fast charge en route to Lake Tekapo
Recommended Charge: Charge to 80%.
26A North Street, North and Victoria St
HOLIDAY PARK: Medium charge at site overnight & between day trips.
Recommended Charge: Charge to 100% overnight.