New Zealand 2015 – Part Four (Lake Tekapo)

Following our Routeburn Track, we decided to take things slow for a couple of days. Our bodies needed some time to recuperate from all that hiking! We rented an SUV from Queenstown and drove to Lake Tekapo, where we would spend the next two days.

The journey from Queenstown to Lake Tekapo took us about 3.5 hours by car. We made a stop at Twizel for some food along the way, and were delighted to stumble across Poppies Cafe.



The place was clean and spacious, and the food was yummy. We had a breakfast platter and pancakes for brunch, but what really got us excited was the FREE WI-FI. 🙂

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Poppies Cafe
1 Benmore Place, Twizel,
South Canterbury, NZ
Contact: 03 435 0848


After our satisfying brunch, we travelled for another hour before we reached Lake Tekapo. Throngs of tourists aside, we were greeted by this lovely sight!


Lake Tekapo is a small town located next to the lake of the same name. As part of the UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, it is also a perfect spot for stargazing at night. When we were there, the lupins were in full bloom, adding a dash of pink and purple to the azure lake. It was so pretty!


Besides the blooming lupins, Lake Tekapo is famous for the Church of the Good Shepherd, which was the first church built in the Mackenzie area in 1935. Services are still held every Sunday afternoon, but the church has a relatively small seating capacity. Many tourists also come to this place to take their wedding pictures, and when we were there, we saw a Chinese couple taking theirs too! It was lovely.

The church was especially beautiful during sunset, where the sun’s golden hues were reflected on its stone walls.




We were truly amazed at the wonders of Creation, and it was such a blessing to be here. We also named our ‘lil furry pal after this place. Meet Tekapo, our new friend! 🙂


We were unable to get tickets for Mt John Observatory, so we drove to a quiet area to watch the stars. Fortunately, Tekapo is one of the few places in the world where there is minimal light pollution at night, so we were able to do some pretty serious stargazing. It was especially enchanting as we watched shooting stars race across the sky. We even witnessed a meteor shower! It was truly divine.

If you have a day or two to spare and you’re looking for a relaxing experience that is truly out of this world, we’d strongly recommend you pay Lake Tekapo a visit. You won’t regret it!

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