Lake Tekapo

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Along the MacKenzie Basin of New Zealand’s South Island, Lake Tekapo sits parallel with its sisters Lake Pukaki (previous post) and Lake Ohau. Just like its relatives, it has the same turquoise blue that occurs naturally. I regard this place to be very peaceful and the ideal location for meditation. The lake is perfectly still and calming.

While visiting, I was itching for a nice hike and luckily there is a path located on the side of Lake Tekapo that involves going uphill for a majority of the time to reach the Mount John University Observatory. Be warned: when I went in September, it was extremely cold and windy. The chilly air would nip at my face and the wind was so strong that you could lean in to it. However, the view is very worth the trek.

Mount John University Observatory

All I needed that evening was a comfortable spot to sit and watch the sunset. I was in awe. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The sky was the perfect combination of pink and blue hues casting an explosion of lights across the reflective lake.

Lake Tekapo during sunset

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