Guest blog by Saruchi Chauhan
After travelling fair bit around the world and being constantly planning itineraries for future travels (of course in midst of a hectic life and work routine) I can keep #NEWZEALAND on one side and rest of my vacations on other side. It’s New Zealand which still makes me smile the most. There are no words which can describe the quantum of beauty stored in this picturesque place. One just has to simply visit and experience it with his own eyes to understand what I am saying and where I am coming from. Anyhow let’s move forward as otherwise I can go on and on saying how beautiful New Zealand is and yet my words will not be doing any justice to the actual beauty existing there.
My long haul made me explore both North and South Island of New Zealand. Touring through Auckland, Tepuia, Rotorua, Christchurch, Greymouth, Lake Wanaka, Hokitika, Fox Glaciers, Arrowtown, Queenstown, Southern Alps of Mount Cook, Milford Sound plus so many more touristy destinations, we were also lucky enough to set aside a full day and night to visit Lake Tekapo from Queenstown.
It was a perfect sunny morning in Queenstown and after a successful sky dive stint from 15000ft (still can’t believe I was crazy enough to do it!!!) we were headed towards the quaint little town of Lake Tekapo.
Travel Tip – You can do sky dive at many places today but the treat your eyes will get while falling down in Queenstown cannot be compared to any other place. It’s not only about the fall it’s also about what you see while falling down.
Lake Tekapo is a small town located at the southern end of the lake called Tekapo, in Mackenzie Country of New Zealand’s South Island and is about 3 hrs drive from Queenstown.
Do you guys remember seeing a picture on someone’s room wall or drawing paintings in your art class with a blue lake, perfect mountains, cotton like clouds, beautiful birds and some small houses around it? Yes, that’s the kind of place Lake Tekapo is. It’s like as if someone just gave life to that painting which we all saw or used to draw in our childhood. Calmness of Lake Tekapo was a perfect antidote for anxiety and adrenaline rush from my super early morning Sky diving session.
We stayed in a beautiful hotel called “Peppers Bluewater Resort” which was not only comfortable but also was perfectly located at the shores of Lake Tekapo.
Travel Tip – Always choose a hotel which is central and closer to all your favorite spots so that you get more time to enjoy. Staying in cheaper and far away hotel might save you some bucks but would rob off your time which you can spend at leisure.
After all the formalities of checking in and dumping the luggage in our hotel room we walked to the lake and enjoyed the scenic landscape. My suggestion here would be to keep first day or at least half a day at this location free and easy. Just enjoy the nature and do nothing. That’s exactly what we did as there’s too much beauty to soak in. You won’t be able to enjoy it if you are in a rush to visit another place or do something else. Walk around the lake, click pictures and visit “Church of the Good Shepherd” and just relax. In fact relaxing is the only thing which you would want to do here.
Lake Tekapo Church of the Good Shepherd
“Somehow the setting and the church combine to speak of God to those who enter and pause in the midst of their busy lives.” – Peter Hurricks
Do I need to say anything more? I will let my pictures and the above quote from Peter Hurricks do the talking.
Local eateries are very easy to find here. It’s a pretty small area where small shops cater to most needs. If not then the hotels do offer everything you might need during your stay.
Travel Tip – If you are a fussy eater, then carrying your own snacks, cup noodles, special foods etc is suggested when visiting such small towns as shops are closed quite early here depending upon season, daylight and weather.
Other then Azure sky and pure nature, Lake Tekapo is also quite famous for stargazing. We had no luck in doing this as the sky got cloudy by evening to find any stars. But I am not complaining as one should always have reasons to visit a beautiful place like Tekapo again!
After a comfy night at our hotel, the next day we had to start our journey towards Mount Cook. Weather was a thick overcast continuing from last night and brought some light rain as well. For a moment I thanked my stars for a bright sunny day yesterday and for clear postcard pictures I got.
Travel Tip – Lake Tekapo is a very windy area. A light jacket or a windcheater would be recommended. Also comfortable shoes to walk on uneven terrains would be useful.
Post breakfast we continued our travel towards Mount Cook, taking several small stops in Mackenzie Basin like Lake Pukaki etc to admire the endless beauty of the island. An exciting helicopter ride over the snowcapped mountains of Southern Alps awaited us, but I will save that story for some other time.
Till then hoping to see Lake Tekapo again, someday soon!
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