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Lake Takepo

is nestled in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island. The lake lies at the foot of the Southern Alps, which rise to a height of 3 kilometres. New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mt Cook (Aoraki) is a short drive away and rises to 3,753m (12,313ft).

From Christchurch, drive south on Highway 1. Turn off at Geraldine and follow Provincial Highway 79 through to Fairlie. Turn right on to Highway 8 at Fairlie and carry on to Lake Tekapo.

From Queenstown, drive north along Highway 6 to Cromwall. Take by-pass highway 8a past the Cromwell township, across Lake Dunstan to Highway 8. Turn left on to Highway 8 and follow it through the Lindis Pass and in to the Mackenzie Basin. Continue on Highway 8 through Omarama to Lake Tekapo.

From Timaru, drive inland on Highway 8 through Pleasant Point, Cave and Fairlie. Continue along Highway 8 to Lake Tekapo.

Christchurch 2 hours 50 mins
Queenstown 2 hours 50 mins
Wanaka 2 hours 20 mins
Dunedin 2 hours 50 mins
Timaru 1 hour 30 mins
Fairlie 40 mins
Mt Cook (Aoraki) 1 hour

(source: tekapotourism)

©2012TH

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