Hands down if anyone were to ask where’s my favourite place in New Zealand, it can only be Tekapo. It definitely helped that the weather was fantastic all three times I was there. Yep, you heard me right. Three times.
First encounter with Tekapo was in Summer, in fact it was the very last day. It was a near-cloudless day, and the waters mirrored the clear blue skies. A great way to celebrate the final day of my favourite season.
Tekapo is a small town, and one of the key attractions is the Church of Good Shepherd. Situated next to Lake Tekapo, this is definitely one of my favourite spots. We didn’t manage stay the night, but it’s known that many photographers would camp overnight to take photos of the church against a bright starry night.
There are two ways of getting there – if you’re (ahem) lazy like us, it’s a short drive up the hill from the town centre. Otherwise, there’s always the option of walking up the trek which apparently ranked rather low on the difficulty scale.
Our second visit was in Autumn (again, it was the very last day of the season!). It was the starting point of our campervan trip and we spent a night there. But not before heading up Mount John a second time.
The hues of Autumn were slightly warmer, but the winds were definitely colder. We managed to take a short walk to the other end of the peak, but the view from the cafe was definitely better.
Third time back was in Winter. It was a quick bus stopover from Queenstown to Christchurch. Although it was the shortest time spent, by far it’s the best I’ve seen Tekapo in – the snowcapped mountains were a stark contrast to the clear blue waters with mirror-like reflections.
Sitting by the lake, I recall being so overwhelmed by what was before me. The feeling of leaving New Zealand in just three days finally hit me, and I knew this was the view I was going to miss the most.
Back in Tekapo three times, each time a different season. And each time I knew, Tekepo is my favouritest place.