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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Lake Tekapo, The Mackenzie Country

Arriving at Peppers Bluewater Resort at Lake Tekapo from a long land trip from Christchurch and Ashburton.

The small village of LAKE TEKAPO occupies the southern shore of Lake Tekapo and comprises little more than a roadside ribbon of caf├ęs and expensive trinket shops surrounded by new housing developments. The name Tekapo derives from the Maori taka ("sleeping mat") and po ("night"), this place has long been used as a stopover. Staying overnight and enjoying the sunset free of day-trippers and the wondrously clear night skies.

Lake Tekapo is the second-largest of three roughly parallel lakes running north–south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin in the South Island of New Zealand. The lake is a popular tourist destination, and several resort hotels are located at the township of Lake Tekapo at the lake's southern end.

Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo, is the latest glimmering spectacle on New Zealands South Island. The Mount Cook and Mackenzie District is a burgeoning tourist destination, and with its jewel, Lake Tekapo, at its heart, is the perfect base from which to explore the natural wonders of the Mackenzie Basin. A lovely view from the resort.
Our Room Villa
I love Peppers Blue Water Resort breakfast, full of fresh fruit juices. Simply love their KIWI Juice.
Situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo is the Church of the Good Shepherd, which, in 1935, was the first church built in the Mackenzie Basin. The church is one of the most photographed in New Zealand, and features an altar window that frames stunning views of the lake and mountains.

The Church of the Good Shepherd is operated by a team of local volunteers. Opening hours vary between summer and winter and can occasionally be dictated by weather conditions. Summer 9:00am - 5:00pm (October - April) and Winter 10:00am - 4:00pm (May - September).

Close to the Church of the Good Shepherd is one of New Zealand's best known public monuments, a bronze statue of a New Zealand Collie sheepdog. The statue of the dog on the shores of Lake Tekapo is dedicated to the working collie dogs of the Mackenzie.

Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo
State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo 7945 NZ

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