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Introducing Lake Tekapo

At the southern end of its namesake lake, this town has unobstructed views across turquoise water and a backdrop of rolling hills and mountains.

Lake Tekapo is a popular stop on tours of the Southern Alps, with buses bound for Mt Cook and Queenstown allowing passengers to pop in for a quick ice cream or coffee. Rather than rushing on, it’s actually worth staying to experience the region’s glorious night sky from atop nearby Mt John.