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Saturday, 23 December 2006
Today we are going on an 1-hour horse trek around Lake Tekapo with MacKenzie Alpine Horse Trekking.
MacKenzie Alpine Horse Trekking offers free pick-ups from any accomodation in Lake Tekapo which allowed us to be at their ranch in no time. Their ranch is about a 5-minute drive from the town's centre and is located just outside Lake Tekapo on  Godley Peaks Rd. 
Once on the site, our instructor Casey helps us with helmets and saddles and introduces us to our personal horses, Rock and Yassa.

The weather today is absolutely gorgeous and we can be sure to observe some unreal colours on the lake.

We go through larch and pine forest before getting an awesome scenery of the lake and the mountains in the back.


Lake Tekapo offers one of the most impressive sceneries that we've got to see in the South Island, not to say in whole NZ. The lake indeed displays a characteristic milky turquoise water which looks quite unreal. The whole thing is intensified by hills and snowcapped mountains in the background which give the lanscape a unique look.


The water's striking coat of blue is explained by the sediments present at the bottom of the lake which are a result of various events caused by the melting of a glacier. The sediments are responsible for the water's milky aspect and shiny colour.
For NZ$45, we had an absolutely great and relaxing time thanks to both the friendly staff and the beauty of Lake Tekapo.


Alternatively, if you are a keen rider, MacKenzie Alpine Horse Trekking offers longer trips ranging from 2 hours to 2 full days (camping included). With the variety of colours offered by the lake all year-round, being able to watch the sun sets and rises should not be missed! For more information, click here.

MacKenzie Alpine Horse Trekking 
Godley Peaks Rd, at the base of Mt John
Phone: +64 27 5444880

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