The turquoise colour of Lake Tekapo is due to fine, glacier-ground rock particles held in suspension within its waters. The Church of the Good Shepherd on the lake edge makes a great photo opportunity. Alternatively, spend some time exploring the region with a spot of fishing, kayaking, cycling, or horse trekking.
From here, the scenic route to Christchurch leads you out of the Mackenzie Country and over the patchwork quilt of the Canterbury Plains. Take time to visit some of the regional towns you pass along the way. Back in Christchurch, finish your journey with a meal at one of the city's many fantastic restaurants or take a relaxing walk through the picturesque botanical gardens.