Lake Tekapo will always be one my favourite spots in New Zealand.
Yes, it really is that shade of blue!
The water's turquoise colour is the result of sunlight reflecting off tiny particles of mountain rock (almost powder-form) which is suspended in the water.
I first set eyes on Lake Tekapo 20 years ago on our way to Mount Cook. We didn't stay in Tekapo for very long but I remember telling myself as we got ready to leave that I needed to go back there again some day.
Lake Tekapo is 3 hours' drive from Christchurch and about 3 and a half hours from Queenstown.
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