In pictures: The turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo
The area around the town of Tekapo in New Zealand’s South Island has some of the clearest skies in the world. So clear that they built a space observatory on top of nearby Mt John. But the views downwards are just as amazing, overlooking Lake Tekapo with its unreal-looking bright turquoise waters. Lake Tekapo and neighbouring Lake Pukaki get their unusual colour from ‘rock flour’ – ground dust from glacial action that gets suspended in the waters. Surrounded by snow-topped mountains, the stoney lakeshore is dotted with purple lupins, and is watched over by the Church of the Good Shepherd. The church was built in memory of the area’s pioneers and is one of New Zealand’s most photographed buildings. From its windows you get a picture-perfect view across the lake and to Mount Cook beyond it.