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Lake Tekapo is the northern-most of three large lakes in the Mackenzie Basin, a high country sheep farming area located roughly at the centre of the South Island. Previously a stop off on the way to Mt Cook, the township is fast growing as a tourist destination in itself, with breathtaking mountains, gorgeous colours, plenty to do and accommodation to suit everyone. The town contains two resorts, a great variety of motels, lodges, bed & breakfasts and backpackers as well as holiday homes and camping grounds.


Church of the Good Shepherd View of Tekapo township from Mt John

During the day, enjoy the hot pools with excellent views across the lake, make use of the outdoor skating rink, or hit the slopes of either of two small commercial ski fields near by. Tekapo has been designated a "Passive Area" which means there are no noisy jet boats on the lake, and quiet forms of water recreation such as kayaking, fishing and wind surfing thrive.The area also has one of the clearest night skies in the world, and there are both day and night tours to Mt John Observatory, located 300m above the township.

The Church of the Good Shepherd is located on the eastern shore of Tekapo's main outflow, the first church to be built in the Mackenzie Basin (1935). Based on sketches by a local artist, the church sits both prominently and reflectively in the landscape, small and modestly made of local stone, while left outstanding from the town to emphasise its panoramic setting.


Looking over Lake Tekapo towards the Two Thumbs Range

The Mackenzie Basin is one of the driest parts of the country, and when not blanketed in snow the Tekapo area is a rich mixture of rolling greens and browns, enclosed by 1000 metre (3300 ft) mountainous rises. Similar to its southern counterparts Lake Pukaki and Lake Ohau, Tekapo has a brilliant blue hue produced by the flow of extremely fine rock created by glacial melt into the lake.

Lake Tekapo is an integral part of the South Island's power generation as it is the highest lake in the Waitaki Hydroelectric Scheme. The lake's outflow passes through eight power stations before it finally flows from the Waitaki River and into the Pacific Ocean. 75% of New Zealand's power generation comes from Hydro Electricity.


Lupins on the side of the road in the Mackenzie Basin Mackenzie Basin

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 15 Jun 2018 

Independent Community Newspaper
Mackenzie mayor cautiously welcomes tourism levy proposal
Independent Community Newspaper
The night sky over Tekapo Springs. Due to attractions like this, tourism numbers have skyrocketed in the Mackenzie District. A proposed tourist levy is just the first step towards ensuring tourists pay their fare share according to Mackenzie District ...
Prepare for a lolly scramble over new visitor levy moneyStuff.co.nz
Visitors to be stung by new tourist levy, visa hikesOtago Daily Times
International visitors to be stung by new tourist levy and visa hikesNew Zealand Herald
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