Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo is the second-largest of three roughly parallel lakes running north–south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin in the South Island of New Zealand (the others are Lake Pukaki and Lake Ohau).

At Lake Tekapo, we could see the Sheep dog Memorial statue and the Church of the Good Shepherd.
The statue was commissioned by Mackenzie Country residents in recognition of the indispensable role of the sheepdog in their livelihoods. The sculptor was Innes Elliott of Kaikoura, with a dog called Haig, belonging to a neighbour, being the model. Elliott reported the sculpting process took approximately fifteen months. Clay for the model came from the insulator works in Temuka, with a plaster cast of it made and sent to London in 1966, where the statue was cast. 





I love this view whereby the snow-covered mountains could be seen.
The statue is not very huge anyway.
Some of my group people.

Collie Sheepdog


Situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo is the Church of the Good Shepherd, which, in 1935, was the first church built in the Mackenzie Basin. The church at Lake Tekapo was designed by Christchurch architect R.S.D. Harman, based on sketches by a local artist, Esther Hope. The church is arguably one of the most photographed in New Zealand, and features an altar window that frames stunning views of the lake and mountains.

Just a small humble church.

The lovely view of the lake and the mountains.

view from afar..

from our coach..



Comments

  1. Lake Tekapo, heard of this lake from a book or magazine. I can't remember already.

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  2. Those snow covered mountain view from the lake is amazing. Such a beautiful sight seeing from this lake.

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  3. The humble church has a very nice view too from far. Again I saw those hills and mountains covered by snow.

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    1. It seems so cold,can you stand with that jacket alone? You look pretty steady with that jacket... I wish I had a thicker jacket.

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    2. Well, I had two layers of t-shirts underneath the jacket. The scarf could keep me warm too.

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    3. I can't stand too cold unless I have a pair of glove plus the scarf. Hahaha

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  4. Beautiful! Love the alter window!

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    1. It's such a lovely sight from inside the church.

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  5. Thank you for the nice photos and long post. I did not expect the dog statue to be small, thought it would be bigger than that.

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    1. You are most welcome! Yea, I was a bit disappointed.

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  6. Yeah the sheepdog statue was quite small. Never mind, it is a great chance to visit this place.

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  7. Schools reopen tomorrow morning, Wenn. Time to get busy again. Wish you have a pleasant Monday ahead.

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    1. Angeline, Malaysia school holiday, 2 weeks?

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    2. Yes, Sharon. We had two weeks holidays.
      Have a nice day ahead!

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  8. Did u all have a group picture taken there?

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    1. We took group photos somewhere else.

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  9. The snow covered mountain photo will make a lovely header photo

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    1. weather so hot now....so nice to see "snow" here.

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    2. yea, it's was awesome when I was there. Cool and cold..

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  10. very nice view of the snow-capped mountain across the lake..

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    1. My parents told me that New Zealnad was the most relaxing country they ever visited. Nice scenery everywhere.

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    2. Indeed beautiful! I just couldn't keep myself from snapping those views continuously.

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  11. guess the statue of Collie Sheepdog is a 1:1 that is why it is not huge..

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  12. Lake Tekapo, looks like a nice place to visit!
    The scenery is very beautiful too!

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  13. I love this post. Informative post and I don't need to know more about the lovely lake. :)

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  14. Looks cold and wet, Wenn... must be very very cold!..grrrrg... reminds me of scotland weather.. hahaha..

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  15. It was so cold but you didn't wear gloves! You have iron fists like Bruce Lee!

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  16. I think the lake is the main attractions there because it is so huge and nice.

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  17. The church looks very small and cosy. I guess it could contain not more than 20 persons, just right for their small community. I like the stones that built the church.

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    1. yes, the church is just like a small living room. I like the uniqueness as we could view the lake and the mountains from inside.

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  18. sheep dogs huh, well i think it looks
    like a typical dog yet had been valuable
    to them,

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    1. perhaps, i'll google it later
      to see the real one haha

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  19. as for that church the structure reflects
    to it's age, it's very simple and little
    but come to think of it those never really
    matters

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  20. anyway the view seems very chilly and
    refreshing! perhaps it rained there or
    was it due to fog?

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    1. It's actually due to the weather as it's almost winter.

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  21. have a great day and happy blogging wenn
    take the best of care and god bless you always too

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  22. I really wish I can go to these places! So beautiful!

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