Lake Tekapo, Lake Tekapo
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For some outdoor adventure, head to Lake Tekapo, where the dark blue water and snow-capped peaks provide an ideal setting for a range of nature activities. Hike, horseback ride, or mountain bike along trails around the lake and through the surrounding mountains. The mountains also provide great skiing, heli-skiing, and rock climbing. In warmer weather, swimmers, windsurfers, and boaters flock to the lake's calm waters. Visit the bronze sheepdog statue for a glimpse into the local history and the importance of sheep farming to the community. Put Lake Tekapo into our Lake Tekapo vacation route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Sadly the weather was so bad that I couldn't see the stars the night ..... it's my only disappointing moment. However the lake are beautiful with the blue color 
  • We stopped here for 2 nights on our way to Queenstown - absolutely love this place. Scenic both in winter and summer with lots to do and places to eat out or self cater. Fairly busy tourist wise, but ...  more »
  • The Lake Tekapô (is that how you pronounce it) is beautiful, with turquoise water very clean and transparent. It's in the Southern Alps, the region Switzerland, the U.S. and Canadian Rockies. The village has 350 residents, a small supermarket, a few bad shops and a good, all very expensive. Moreover, that country dear! Has small restaurants and cafes. You eat lunch and visit all in 1:30 the 2:00. Worth a climb on Mount John, where the Observatory, where if you have a lovely view. There's a coffee shop upstairs. Then add 1 more hour. But if you're in the Intercity Bus, will have to do it all in 45 minutes, time that just sits there. At least this time of year, it's not worth staying there because there's not much to do. Except for those who want to go to the Observatory at night to see the stars. Have tours.
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