Lake Tekapo is a little town in the South Island of New Zealand. When I say little, I mean it. A permanent population of 320 (approx) live here and it is one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand.
An extraordinary milky-blue colour of the lake is the result of rock flour ground by the glaciers and further ahead you can see the Southern Alps.
By night, it is the place for stargazers. Lake Tekapo is part of the Unesco Dark Sky Reserve. This means it is the spot for stargazing and students and researchers frequent here.
You can book one of the tours to visit nearby Mount John observatory where you can use a telescope and be briefed about Southern hemisphere sky. If you are lucky, you might even see aurora australis (southern lights).
There are a number of hiking routes and hostels and camping facilities are plenty. There is also an amazing Japanese restaurant where you can eat great sushi and sashimi. We had two glorious winter day here and would love to go back one day.