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“Winter beauty”
Review of Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo
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Mount Cook to Christchurch Tour
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Lake Tekapo
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Sarasota, Florida
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269 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Winter beauty”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

I first visited the lake in early fall with my mom and son, and it was breath-taking then. In winter, it is truly stunning surrounded by the snow-covered mountains. At every time of day it was amazing, from sunrise to full sun and that eerie glacial blue to late afternoon with reflections of the mountains. We enjoyed the Church of the Good Shepherd views, tubing and hot tubs at Tekapo Springs, good meals, and the majesty of the dark sky reserve.

Visited July 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
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“One of my spiritual homes”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Brilliant abundant sunshine, pale blue glacial waters, amazing country, excellent restaurants, ice skating, hot pools, tubing, astrophotography, snowsports/skiing/snowboarding... I'd live here if I could!

Visited July 2014
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Beautiful part of NZ”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Went with 3 friends and stayed in a holiday home. Spectacular scenery, snow on the mountains, friendly people, restaurant at Peppers was wonderful - great weekend and only just over 3 hours from Christchurch. Must see place. Went ice skating, tubing down the snow - there are hot pools their. Great place to go - recommend it.

Visited July 2014
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Prague, Czech Republic
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“Breathtaking scenery”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

We spent ages by the lake while our children skimmed stones into the lake. The scenery was breathtaking, something we will never forget. There were quite a few tourists around but if you wanted long enough they disappeared before the next load arrived we had time to take some lovely photos. Patience is essential if you want photos without loads of people in them.

Visited July 2014
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Gisborne, New Zealand
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“Most stunning lake anywhere”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

We've been to Lake Tekapo a few times now, but returned to the place for a couple of kid-free days, as I truly believe there is no where more beautiful in NZ, and that includes Wanaka, Queenstown, Milford Sound etc (we are soooo spoilt in NZ!) If you arrive in winter, snow is a strong possibility, and that just adds to the beauty. If you are visiting the South Island, make sure to include Lake Tekapo on your travels!

Visited July 2014
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