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LAKE TEKAPO & MT. COOK

 

THREE DISTINCT ENVIRONMENTS ARID HIGH PLAINS, RUGGED ALPINE MOUNTAINS,
AND GLACIER-FED LAKES CONVERGE TO FORM THE EXTRAORDINARILY SCENIC AND
LARGELY UNPOPULATED BACK COUNTRY OUTBACK OF LAKE TEKAPO AND MT. COOK.

ABOVE: LATE AUTUMN SNOWS COVER MT. COOK north beyond lake pukaki photo: ROB SUISTED - NZ TOURISM

Experience the Southern Alps
and Mackenzie Country

The highest Southern Alps and remotest sheep stations
meet on the high Canterbury plain in Mackenzie Country.
Explore by car, by walking, and by alpine flights. Great fishing, too!

 

 

Attractions in Mt. Cook & Lake Tekapo:
       Mt. Cook and the Southern Alps and
the region's many lakes with their surprising
turquoise color.

LAKE PUKAKI, MT COOK & THE HOOKER VALLEY: New Zealand's highest mountain lords over a turquoise lake and a remarkable glacier valley that invites walking and other outdoors activities.

LAKE TEKAPO & MACKENZIE COUNTRY: the broad expanses of New Zealand's remotest ranch country include dramatic vistas from atop

The northern limits of Lake Tekapo end at a curtain of Southern Alps. Photo  Home At First.
The northern limits of Lake Tekapo
end at a curtain of Southern Alps.

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Mt. John overlooking Lakes Alexandrina,

 

 

McGregor, and Tekapo with the

Enjoying a picnic while looking across Lake Pukaki at Mt. Cook. Photo  Home At First.
Enjoying a picnic while looking
across Lake Pukaki at Mt. Cook.

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snowcapped main spine of the Southern Alps and the rugged Two Thumb Range lining the horizon.

 

Activities in Mt. Cook & Lake Tekapo:
    
     Hiking, fishing, mountaineering, scenic flights, mountain biking, golf, horseback riding, stargazing. Stargazing? Lake Tekapo and the neighboring Mt. John Observatory offer the clearest night skies in New

 

Zealand, so clear that it is the

centerpiece of the world's third officially designated "dark sky reserve" for stargazing.
 

Lodgings: Quality bed and breakfast lodgings
in Lake Tekapo (population 300), a principal Mackenzie Country town mid-way between Queenstown and Christchurch. Lodgings also available in the tourist town of Mt. Cook, ideal for those wanting to hike or pursue mountain-eering in New Zealand's highest mountains.

Home At First's Tekapo House provides
quality lodging with a view in the
small town of Lake Tekapo.

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Home At First's Tekapo House provides quality lodging with a view in the small town of Lake Tekapo. Photo  Home At First.

 
 

Getting to/from Mt. Cook and Lake Tekapo: Home At First guests travel to Mt. Cook and Lake Tekapo by rental car, normally coming northeast from Queenstown — a very scenic 3-4 hour drive. Most depart Mackenzie Country the Mt. Cook and Lake Tekapo region for Christchurch, a drive of 3-4.5 hours.

Getting around Mackenzie Country: Use of a rental car is essential here. Roads in this part of New Zealand are especially lightly traveled and

Mackenzie Country means open range & open roads. Photo  Home At First.
Mackenzie Country means open range
and open roads.

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scenic. But, when driving keep an eye out for stray sheep sometimes on the roads!
 

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