Lake Tekapo, Christchurch
New Zealand's most famous sheep stealer, James McKenzie owned a dog named Friday. Both the Mackenzie County and the pass are named after him. McKenzie was apprehended at the Mackenzie Pass by an overseer for the Rhodes Brothers at Levels Station. His dog Friday drove approximately one thousand sheep towards Burkes Pass in 1855 from Levels Station. McKenzie was apprehended at the Mackenzie Pass by an overseer for the Rhodes Brothers at Levels Station.
Friday lived the rest of his years at Levels Station. The statue of the dog has become the symbol of pioneering sheep farming in the Mackenzie and sits on the shore of Lake Tekapo.
Lake Tekapo is a beautiful lakeside town which is a popular rest stop when traveling between Christchurch and Queenstown. The main attractions are the spectacular views of Mt Cook as well as some very scenic hiking paths which include a three hour walk to Mount John Lookout.
Located midway between Christchurch and Queenstown in the heart of the Mackenzie Country.
Twizel is a township south of Christchurch which was built in 1968 as base for one of the most impressive hydro-electric power schemes in the Southern Hemisphere. The town was to have been bulldozed once the construction scheme was finished but the population began a campaign to keep it’s existence.
The town has become of the McKenzie Country and services the surrounding areas as well as expanding its tourist role as the nearest township to Mount Cook which is only about 45 minutes away.
One of the good outings outside Christchurch is to visit beautiful Lake Tekapo, with its famous Collie Dog Statue, Chapel of the Good Shepperd and not forgetting the beautiful blue lake itself.
The view from inside the little church looking out through a picturesque window and over Lake Tekapo.
So many photos of the lake have been taken from this angle.
The Church of the Good Shepherd is an historical little church which was built in 1935 from stone and oak.
It sits right on the shore of Lake Tekapo with an amazing view.