Lake Tekapo is known for its huge vistas, clear nights and lack of light pollution. The glaciers in the headwaters grind rocks into a fine dust on their journey down towards the lake. The resulting particulate, called “rock flour,” is suspended in the water and causes the magnificent turquoise.
Photographically it is a spectacular area with numerous back roads leading to obscure valleys and mountains. From Mt John it is possible to look out over most of the basin as well as over the small offshoot lake Alexandrina. Autumn brings a sublime orange. apricot light and a wonderful multi shaded blue that offset the turquoise of the waters.