A Tekapo experience

The township of Tekapo is situated at the southern end of the lake of the same name, in the Mackenzie Basin, about three hour drive from Christchurch.  During the winter the small township swells with skiers, and it is popular with tourists all year round for the lake and mountain scenery.  We made a mid-winter visit to Tekapo in order to ski at nearby Roundhill Ski Field.

Church of the Good Shepherd under a frost

Church of the Good Shepherd under an early morning frost

Built in 1935 as a place of worship for pioneering families, it is one of the most photographed churches in New Zealand.  There is a continual stream of tourists, photographers and wedding parties visiting it on the shores of the lake.

Chrusch of the Good Shepherd at sunset.

Church of the Good Shepherd at sunset

 

Matuariki Island in Lake Tekapo with.....

Matuariki Island in Lake Tekapo

It is a 40 minute drive on Lilybank Road, alongside the lake, to Roundhill Ski Field.

 

Through the windscreen on Lilybank Road

Through the windscreen on Lilybank Road

 

Red deer on ....Station

Farmed Red Deer

 

Roundhill Ski Field base buildings

Roundhill Ski Field base buildings

Roundhill is a family-orientated field with two t-bars servicing intermediate slopes and the more challenging Heritage Rope Tow leading to the top of the Two Thumbs Range.

 

The trhee peaks of Aoraki Mt Cook

The three peaks of Aoraki Mt Cook(centre) behind the Godley Peaks with Mt Tasman peeking up on the right

 

Looking ddddd to the hhhhRange from the top of the main t-bar slope

Looking north to parts of the Two Thumbs Range, from the top of the main t-bar

 

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Lake Tekapo and the Ben Ohau Range

 

from the ski field looking down on Lake Tekapo, Matuarkik Island with Mt john behind and patrs of Lake Pukaki in the background

Matuariki Island in Lake Tekapo with Mt John behind and parts of Lake Pukaki in the background

 

Back in Tekapo at sunset

Back in Tekapo at sunset

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One thought on “A Tekapo experience

  1. Brilliant photos as always, Annette. I love the little church, it’s in the most unusual setting, with all of the boulders and tufts of grass surrounding it, and the light is just beautiful in the photo.

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