The road to Lake Tekapo hugs the edge of Lake Pukaki. An exquisite opaque turquoise colours the lakes in this area, caused by fine, glacier-ground rock particles held in suspension. Fishing, kayaking, cycling, horse trekking, and skiing are just some of the things you can do. The charming Church of the Good Shepherd makes a picturesque photo spot.
If you have time, add another night to your journey and check out the spectacular stargazing in the Dark Sky Reserve. Otherwise, continue through Mackenzie Country, into the farms and fields of the Canterbury Plains and on to Christchurch and the end of your journey.