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Tekapo

Lakeside resort town

Dawn over the lake, May 2016

Traditionally Tekapo has been a gas and comfort stop on the route between Christchurch and Queenstown. Fifty years ago the town would have had less than 100 permanent residents, but today like so many other small towns, it’s bursting at the seams and struggling to cater for the increasing number of tourists.

Back in the old days, working people from the East Coast cities and towns may have had a weekend holiday home at Tekapo where they could go boating and fishing or use the village as a base to explore further afield into the mountains. Today it has a permanent population of about 380 and is one of

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Mackenzie Country

Big Sky Country

The Mackenzie Country located in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island is a vast alluvial grassland basin sheltered by the mountains of The Southern Alps in the west and the Two Thumb Range to the east. The region has higher than average sunshine hours and a low rainfall. The warm and welcoming spirit of this small region will make your visit a very enjoyable experience.

There are several large lakes including Pukaki, Tekapo, Poako, Ruataniwha and others which are fed by snow and glacial melt waters. The lakes are connected by a series of canals which serve to control water flows for hydro electricity and they now also serve as an excellent resource for salmon farming

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