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Lake Tekapo is a small town located at the southern end of the lake of the same name in the inland South Island of New Zealand. It had 369 residents according to the 2013 census, being one of five settlements in the sparsely populated Mackenzie Basin.SH 8 runs directly through the township – 227 km from Christchurch and 256 km from Queenstown. Daily shuttle services link Lake Tekapo to Christchurch and Queenstown. The lake is a popular tourist destination, and several resort hotels are located at the township. Wikipedia
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The Hooker Valley Track is the most popular short walking track within the Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park in New Zealand. At only 5 kilometres length and gaining only about 100 m in height, the well formed track can be walked by tourists with a wide range of level of fitness.The track is maintained by the Department of Conservation and has views of Aoraki / Mount Cook and access to the proglacial Hooker Lake, typically with icebergs floating in it. Hooker Valley Track has been named one of the 'best day walks in New Zealand'.The lookout point at the end of the Hooker Valley Track is the closest any walking track comes to Aoraki / Mount Cook, and reveals completely unobstructed views of the highest mountain in New Zealand, with Hooker Glacier in the valley below. There is also access to the shore of the glacial lake.
Cardrona Valley Mountain Quad Experience from Wanakafrom $195.58 USD
New Zealand’s tallest mountain, Mount Cook, rests in majestic splendor and if you want to know how it feels to stand near it, take this hike. Tramp the slopes of Mount Cook inside the Aoraki National Park. It’s an easy 10 km hike as slopes are not steep. Start at the White Horse Hill Campground in Mount Cook village and take the beaten terrain through the Hooker Valley across scenic icebergs and swing bridges. Get to experience this ancient rugged ice-covered landscape. At the end of the glacier hike you will enjoy the breath-taking view of the mountain.
The Mueller Glacier is a 13-kilometre long glacier flowing through Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park in the South Island of New Zealand. It lies to the west of Mount Cook Village within the Southern Alps, flowing roughly north-west from its névé near Mount Montgomerie before curving around the Sealy Range as it approaches its terminus. Various other glaciers feed into the Mueller Glacier along its route, including the Frind and Huddleston Glaciers. The glacier ends at a small unnamed terminal lake, which is also fed by meltwater from the nearby Hooker Glacier.
Tasman Lake is a proglacial lake formed by the recent retreat of the Tasman Glacier in New Zealand's South Island.In the early 1970s, there were several small meltwater ponds on the Tasman Glacier. By 1990, these ponds had merged into Tasman Lake. Tasman Lake has quickened the retreat of the Tasman Glacier. Initially it did so by undercutting the cliff at the end of the glacier, causing parts of the cliff to fall into the lake.
Haupapa / Tasman Glacier is the largest glacier in New Zealand, and one of several large glaciers which flow south and east towards the Mackenzie Basin from the Southern Alps in New Zealand's South Island.
Mount Cook and The Glaciers Helicopter Flightfrom $446.66 USD
The Tekapo Springs complex includes a complex containing three inviting hot pools with bench-side seating, private nooks and crannies, and massage jets. The temperature of the pools are 36-40°C. Next to the pools is a sauna and steam room. Four fully-functional spa rooms provide massages, facials, pedicures, manicures and total body care, and each treatment booked gives complimentary access to the sauna and steam room. In addition, there is an ice rink, that is converted for inline or roller skating during spring and summer. Finally, there is also a snow park that provides an ice ramp used with inflatable tubes. This operates as a Summer Tube over the warmer months on artificial matting.
Waipara Wine Trail Afternoon Tour from Christchurchfrom $67.68 USD
Lake Pukaki is the largest of three roughly parallel alpine lakes running north–south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin on New Zealand's South Island. The others are Lakes Tekapo and Ohau. All three lakes were formed when the terminal moraines of receding glaciers blocked their respective valleys, forming moraine-dammed lakes.
Mount Cook Lake Tekapo & Tasman Glacier Private Tourfrom $399.06 USD
Twizel is the largest town in the Mackenzie District, in the Canterbury Region of the South Island of New Zealand. The town was founded in 1968 to house construction workers on the Upper Waitaki Hydroelectric Scheme. Twizel has a resident population of 1,650 ; during the summer, holidaymakers nearly triple the town's population. Twizel is 37km east of Lake Ōhau, 30km north of Omarama and 60km south of Tekapo.
Lake Alexandrina is a lake located in the Mackenzie Basin of New Zealand's South Island. It lies immediately to the west of the much larger Lake Tekapo and further to the east of Lake Pukaki, located to the north of Lake Tekapo township. It is a shallow lake with distinct indications of glacial origin and is spring fed with an outlet on its eastern shore midway down the lake. The outlet feeds into a smaller lake, Lake MacGregor before feeding into Lake Tekapo described as “Opaque and milky blue” in colour.
University of Canterbury Mount John Observatory , previously known as Mt John University Observatory , is New Zealand's premier astronomical research observatory. It is situated at 1,029 metres ASL atop Mount John at the northern end of the Mackenzie Basin in the South Island, and was established in 1965. There are many telescopes on site including: one 0. 4-meter, two 0.
Guided Segway Tour to the summit of Mt Victoria in Devonport Aucklandfrom $56.84 USD
University of Canterbury Mount John Observatory , previously known as Mt John University Observatory , is New Zealand's premier astronomical research observatory. It is situated at 1,029 metres ASL atop Mount John at the northern end of the Mackenzie Basin in the South Island, and was established in 1965. There are many telescopes on site including: one 0.4-meter, two 0.6-meter, one 1.0-meter, and a new 1.8-meter "MOA Telescope" . The nearest population center is the resort town Lake Tekapo .
[Japanese Guide] Christchurch-Lake Tekapo Special Pick-up Planfrom $193.19 USD
The Mackenzie Basin is an elliptical intermontane basin located in the Mackenzie and Waitaki Districts, near the centre of the South Island of New Zealand. It is the largest such basin in New Zealand. Historically famous mainly for sheep farming, the sparsely populated area is now also a popular tourism destination. The basin was named in the 1850s by and after James Mckenzie , a shepherd and would-be farmer of Scottish origin.
Off the Beaten Track - Glowworm Caving Adventure Tour in Waitomofrom $107.6 USD
We drove up to Lake Tekapo from Fairlie. On your right you’ll see the lake, on your left there’s a great scenic lookout. A little further down the road, on the lake side, there’s one of the most popular photo spots of Lake Tekapo: the Church of the Good Shepherd, or the Mackenzie Church. This church was built over 80 years ago for the pioneers of the Mackenzie district and is still in use. What a wonderful location for a wedding!
Mount Sefton is a mountain in the Aroarokaehe Range of the Southern Alps of New Zealand, just 12 kilometres south of Aoraki / Mount Cook. To the south lies Mount Brunner, and to the north The Footstool, both more than 400 metres shorter.The mountain is prominently visible from Mount Cook Village in the Hooker Valley, with Tuckett Glacier flowing down the south-eastern side of the mountain and Mueller Glacier in the valley below it. With a height of 3,151 metres , Mount Sefton is the 13th-highest peak in the Southern Alps, and the 4th-highest mountain in New Zealand when excluding peaks of little prominence that are closer than a kilometre to a higher peak. The Douglas River begins on Mount Sefton.An early resident, Charles French Pemberton, named the area, whilst the geologist Julius von Haast named the mountain after William Sefton Moorhouse, the second Superintendent of Canterbury Province.
Cardrona Valley Mountain Quad Experience from Wanakafrom $195.58 USD
Valley of the Vines Lunch Wine Tour | Includes Lunch | Adults Only | Small Groupfrom $134.67 USD
Valley of the Vines Afternoon Wine Tour | Adults Only | Small Groupfrom $121.14 USD
45-Minute Mount Cook Ski Plane and Helicopter Combo Tourfrom $276.95 USD
4-Day Hollyford Track Guided Walk with Scenic Helicopter Flightfrom $1940.02 USD