Lake Tekapo

by Margrit
(Dieburg, Germany )

In January 2008 my journey led to Lake Tekapo in New Zealand, South Island.

On previous visits to New Zealand I spent my time on the North Island. This year friends living in Canterbury invited us.

The dry far stretched Canterbury plains are very different to the region around Auckland with its volcanic traces.

Fringed by the Southern Alps the plains gain a magical note through their ever changing appearance. In this photo some still show snow caps in January which is the peak of summer.

At the lake the little Church of the Good Shepherd governs this peaceful picture with the motionless water in the background.

Maori names and meanings imply a certain fascination. The Name Te Kapo derives from taka a floor matt, and po night. A. W. Reed's assumption in A Dictionary of Maori Place Names is that a group of explorer encountered a surprise party. Frightened they rolled up hastily their sleeping mats. This meaning contrasts the peaceful impression transmitted by the lake.

All the best,

P.S. I enjoyed your site very much. Thank you.



Hi, Margrit thanks for sharing these magnificent slide show of your summer impression in the Canterbury plains.

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