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 earthandskynz.com