Did you know…
1. The name Tekapo comes from the Maori words Teka, meaning Sleeping mat and Po meaning Night.
2. The Mackenzie country is named after Scotsman, James McKenzie, who in 1855 was captured for being “in the company of a thousand stolen sheep” as he rustled them through a remote alpine pass with his dog Friday. This arrest resulted in his deeds being immortalized and his name, albeit with a spelling change, applied to these highlands ever since.
3. The bronze Sheep Dog monument was erected in 1968 by the run holders of the Mackenzie Country as a tribute to the Collie Dog.
4. The Church of The Good Shepardwas built in 1935 as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie Country.
5. Lake Tekapo has the second longest recorded sunshine hours in New Zealand, combined with the lowest average wind speed.
6. The deep turquoise colour comes from “rock flour” which is discharged into the lake from the surrounding mountains and glaciers. This is suspended in the water and when the sunlight hits it, it creates the beautiful colour.
7. The deepest point in the lake is 120m, near Mt Hay and the average temperature of the lake is 8-10degrees.
8. Lake Tekapo is excellent for fishing Rainbow and Brown Trout.
9. The highest temperature recorded in Tekapo is 33.3°C (91.9°F) The lowest temperature recorded in Tekapo is -15.6°C (3.92°F)
10. Tekapo has NZ’s largest vertical rope tow, the Heritage Express Rope Tow at Roundhill ski area.
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