Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Lake Tekapo glitters like a gorgeous Topaz. I’m not even exaggerating.
The colour is mind blowing. There’s not a lot to do in Tekapo aside from ogle at the lake and the bad weather meant that much of our ogling involved trying not to be physically blown over, but it is well worth a visit.


The cute little church to the right of the town is right on the water’s edge and is really a photographer’s paradise.
The only disappointing thing is the number of visitors who simply can’t get their heads around taking it in turns to take photos- people walk right in front of your lenses just as you frame that perfect shot- patience is very much required!


Tekapo is also a really famous star gazing destination, and as a total space nerd I was really buzzing to be going to the Mount John star gazing spot, equipped with some of the most powerful telescopes and cutting edge space research. We stayed up late, donned huge coats from the Earth & Sky office and headed in a bus up the mountain. White light is not permitted so it’s rather disconcerting heading up in the pitch black! We got to the top and we’re greeted with the news that had followed us around New Zealand- the weather had turned, a big storm was coming and we had to urgently get down the mountain for our safety. What a sad moment! However, I did get a free red light torch, so I felt like a winner.