New Zealand: Lake Tekapo & The Church of the Good Shepherd
New Zealand is full of breathtaking scenery at every turn and Lake Tekapo is certainly a site you cannot miss while visiting. The blue water reminded me of Thailand but it comes from a glacier instead (crazy)! By day, the lake is stunning with it’s electric turquoise color and by night it’s perfect for stargazing, being a part of the UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve. It’s best to get both day/night photos, so I recommend having accommodation nearby.
How To Get Around:
Photo Credit: Juicy Rentals
Renting A Car: This is a MUST while visiting NZ, as most of its’ sights are far apart. Be sure to rent/bring a GPS, especially if you won’t have internet access on your phone. For 2 weeks, we rented a car for about $600USD (around $40USD/day). Note: New Zealander’s drive on the opposite side of the road as Americans, so this is a BIG adjustment at first! Be careful!
RV Rental: Many people rent a camper van/motor home and utilize that is both transport and accommodation (we’ll be doing this next time!). Juicy Rentals is by far the most popular. A standard camper van will cost about $1470 for 2 weeks (around $105USD/day). Don’t forget to factor gas in your budget.
How To Get To Lake Tekapo:
Lake Tekapo is a 3 hour drive west of Christchurch, a 3 hour drive north of Queenstown and a 1.5 hour journey from Mount Cook, making it central located as a long day trip from both major cities in the South, or a stopping point along the way between the two.
The Church of the Good Shepherd:
Lake Tekapo’s iconic landmark, this church was built in 1935 as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie region. Be sure to see the New Zealand collie sheepdog statue nearby as well!
Where To Stay:
Peppers Bluewater Resort
Photo Credit: https://www.peppers.co.nz/bluewater/
Walking distance from the Church of the Good Shepherd, this hotel is a bit overpriced, but you’re paying for the location. $163USD/night
Where To Eat:
By far the favorite in town, with a wide range of choices and front row views of the lake. One of the best lamb dishes we had during our entire trip was eaten here!
Run 76 Cafe:
Photo Credit: http://www.run76laketekapo.co.nz
Perfect for breakfast and coffee. Get their eggs Benedict, it’s divine.
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XOXO The Traveling Blondie
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