2 Bedroom apartment
2 Bedroom apartment
1 1/2 bathrooms. Full lounge with gas fire, dining, full self catering kitchen with granite bench tops. Own remote access garage and own laundry.
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Mantra Lake TekapoState Highway 8, Lake Tekapo.
Superb 2 & 3 bedroom apartments with all the extras required for a luxury holiday. A great ski base for the family.
- Go star gazing at Mount John Observatory, 3 hours
- Take a scenic flight around Mt Cook with Air Safaris, 1 hour
- Take a boat ride to the tongue of the Tasman Glacier, 3 hours
- Ski at Round Hill, a privately owned ski field, great for families, all day
- Take a dip in the Alpine Hot Springs, 1 hour
Christchurch – Tekapo, 4 hours
Queenstown – Tekapo, 4 hours
Tekapo Population: 350
A small town on the main route from Christchurch to Queenstown, Tekapo is often only a stopping off point for travellers. Those who choose to stay enjoy magnificent lake and mountain views and crystal clear night skies, the reason the University of Canterbury established Mount John Observatory there. There are many outdoor pursuits to be enjoyed, from simply taking a walk down to the pretty little Church of the Good Shepherd on the lakefront, trying ice skating, to a multi day trek hunting Himalayan Tahr, chamois and deer in the back country. New Zealand’s highest mountain Aorakei Mt Cook is just one hour’s drive from Tekapo too.
History and Culture
The Mackenzie Basin which surrounds the township did not see human habitation until several hundred years ago, when Maori arrived in search of food. There is evidence of Moa being hunted in the area, and no doubt there were plentiful eels in the rivers and lakes. The Maori called the area Takapo, meaning “to leave in haste at night”. For what reason they had to leave in a hurry is not known, but the derivation of the name stayed.
In 1855 a Scottish shepherd turned sheep stealer named James Mackenzie discovered the basin and used it to hide stolen flocks of sheep. With the help of his faithful sheepdog named Friday, he managed to outwit the authorities for quite some time. Mackenzie was finally taken into custody, but Friday still maintained a watch on his flock until stopped by shotgun. A bronze statue of a sheep dog like Friday was erected by local farmers near the Church of the Good Shepherd in 1968 in honour of their contribution to farming in the area. In 1857 the first sheep station was started on the shores of the lake by John and Barbara Hay. The remains of their original homestead can be seen when the lake levels are low. A hotel opened in 1861 and a ferry was used to cross the Tekapo River until twenty years later when a bridge was built. In the 1930s work began on Lake Tekapo’s hydro electric power station. Completion was delayed by World War II but it was finally finished in 1951. The lake level is controlled by gates on the Tekapo River.
For more information about Lake Tekapo and the region click through to our Discover New Zealand Canterbury Region section