We spent four nights and very hot days in Tekapo over Christmas. We’ve had quite a few visits to the Mckenzie District but still found plenty of places to explore.
There is a busy camping ground at Haldon Arm, set amongst trees with plenty of swimming, boating, water skiing and fishing etc. This popular low priced camping area offers limited facilities but a beautiful location.
From Haldon Road we were heading to what we thought was the Mckenzie Pass to Burkes Pass. We seemed to end up further away than we thought we should be, when we got to the top of the Pass we realised it was actually the Hakataramea Pass and we were on our way to Kurow. Oh well, as we always say, we never get lost, just end up somewhere we haven’t been before. We had lunch beside the new Kurow bridge then headed back to Tekapo through Waimate and Timaru – yes the very long way round 🙂
Burkes Pass – Three Creeks trading company. This is a small collection of shops selling everything from gifts, wrought iron ware, tin signs and car memorabilia, old china, old furniture to hand crafted garden furniture and coffee. It’s an amazing spot in the middle of nowhere. The owner made great coffee and let us have a look in the Airstream caravan.
Situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo is the Church of the Good Shepherd, which in 1935 was the first church built in the Mckenzie basin. The altar window frames stunning views of the lake and mountains.