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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Lake Tekapo

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini©

This highland lake (710 meters - 2300 feet) is in the heart of the Mackenzie District, South Island, New Zealand.

The name Tekapo is Maori and it probably means: Taka (sleeping mat) and Po (night).

Finely ground rock in the glacial melted waters give Lake Tekapo a beautifully unique turquoise color.





The monument to the working shepherd dog.


The Church of the Good Shepherd, the first church built in the Mackenzie Basin (1935).
Possibly one of the most photographed churches in New Zealand, it features an altar window that frames stunning views of the lake and mountains.





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