Despite the inner-city part of NZ’s 2nd-largest city being off-limits now, the Christchurch international Airport is of course still open and many hotels are continuing to give their usual high level of service. So, the message to all is Christchurch – and the rest of New Zealand – is open for service. In this ‘blog4NZ’ let me remind you of a couple of Canterbury places that are well worth visiting.
With a population of about 300, Tekapo, in the Mackenzie Country, is one of the world’s special places where you can still see the night sky clearly. From the top of Mt. John, you will have a 360º view of the big skies and the carved-by-ancient-glaciers landscape.
The glacial waters flowing from the Southern Alps fill the 30-kilometre long Lake Tekapo with its remarkable turquoise colour which is caused by the refraction of light through the finely ground rock particles of the melt waters. Read more about the night sky and tours available here.
Of course the area is also famous for stories of sheep rustling, and the beautiful church of the Good Shepherd: it’s well worth a few nights stay – don’t just drive through on your way to Aoraki Mt. Cook, New Zealand tallest mountain.