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One of a string of stun­ning, glacierblue lakes along the eastern foot of the South­ern Alps, Lake Tekapo is a year­round des­ti­na­tion for sight­see­ing and ac­tive pur­suits. A pop­u­lar stop is the Church of the Good Shep­herd which has the best view around.

The real ac­tion ar­guably takes place at night in the Mt John ob­ser­va­tory high above the town. The ob­ser­va­tory is part of the UNESCO Ao­raki Macken­zie In­ter­na­tional Dark Sky Re­serve, the first in the south­ern hemi­sphere and the world’s largest. Pol­lu­tion and light-free skies make the area a stargazer’s dream. See earth­and­

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