We reached Lake Tekapo in the late afternoon on day one of a two week trip to New Zealand’s South Island.
We spent the night parked up beneath the pines along its southern shore and took this photo on our way out the next morning, near the Church of the Good Shepherd.
Glaciers crept through the Southern Alps long before we arrived, grinding their way through the ancient, rocky and snowcapped peaks. Icy meltwater heavily laden with rock flour flows into the northern end of Lake Tekapo and neighbouring Lake Pukaki, filling them with all the ingredients for a bright blue green lake that pops from the landscape like a spilt raspberry powerade.
Lake Tekapo is a three hour drive from Christchurch–the start of our 3,000km journey around the island.