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Lake Tekapo

(4.4/5 based on 4,400+ reviews for top 10 attractions)
Things to do: nature, historic sites, childrens museums
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks. The small township on the banks of the huge, misty-blue lake is surrounded by stunning scenery, including the Southern Alps and the dazzling night sky. Popular Lake Tekapo itineraries include trekking along well-established paths in the Mackenzie Basin and scenic flights above the hills and valleys. The Maori name "Tekapo," when deconstructed, translates as "sleeping mat" (taka) and "night" (po). Plan your holiday in Lake Tekapo and other destinations, from the rural, to the urban, and everything in between, using our New Zealand trip itinerary planner.
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Because of its humble size, the small town of Lake Tekapo has a limited amount of accommodations. That said, among the available lodgings you'll find a good variety of options, from scenic resorts and cottages to youth hostels and budget accommodations. Motels provide a good option along the side of the roads leading to and from the town.
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