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Ravishing Lake Tekapo – Part 1.Meditating.


Lake Tekapo is very special place to me. Every town I’ve been to is special in each and every way but Lake Tekapo was different. I will tell you step by step. Not many people stay here. This is a just ‘drop by’ or ‘drive by’ place. But I enjoy every bit of this little town. So many stories to tell. I realize during write this story, I could make this short. So I decided to make three parts out of my 4 days staying this town.

You would love this. I know it.

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Part 1. Meditating. Everything is a postcard!

Part 2. Astronomy, why must?

Part 3. People, nature and a job offer.


My passion toward to Astronomy leads me to Lake Tekapo. I didn’t know where I was going to be on my backpacking through New Zealand but I knew one thing, I will be in Lake Tekapo.

Some of travel guides mention Lake Tekapo is the best place for the stargazing and there is an observatory. Okay I’m hooked! Lake Tekapo it is!

After Dunedin, when everyone is heading to go up the land, well at least every friend I’ve met was, I headed to Lake Tekapo. I’ve seen some amazing night sky here and there, which was way better than I saw in my country, but Tekapo is supposed to be the best because it is very small town so there’s no light pollution. So, here I go!

As soon as I arrived, first thing amazes me was the view. You might think ‘Is there any part of that country not beautiful?’ and you are so right. But look at this! How can’t you amaze by this view. And whoever on that plane, thanks for that! You just made my day.

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Before I went out and enjoy this charming little town I settled in a hostel. I thought there were only two hostels right beside each other. I was the only one stayed there that night. This hostel has the best bed I’ve slept in whole backpacking. Even though it is a bunk bed, it was super clean, colorful, and wider. Well, maybe that wider bed was for double but who cares I’m alone! 🙂  Look at the sheets! So cute!

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In a quite hostel, unpacked, and went out to look around.

What I liked the most about Late Tekapo was calmness.

Spending few weeks with full of excitements, it was nice to take a little break from all the fuss. Well I am not an ‘early bird’ or ‘tight schedule’ type of travelerso whole trip was relaxing but I’ve been through touristic places.

The perfect moment. I had in Lake Tekapo.

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Sitting besides of the lake, on the bench. It was freezing cold winter but sun was warm. Felt like I was the only one in the whole town. It was that quiet. I think I finally could clear my mind like I supposed to do when meditation. The only thing I remember is I thought ‘Wow, what a beautiful day!’ and that’s true.

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Actually I made out my web-Christmas card from the photo I took this very spot. Wacky little handwriting. 🙂

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Clear blue lake, hills completely covered by snow, and dazzling blue sky as clear as the lake. Everything is so cool and clear. I was very lucky with weather in whole backpacking. In fact, when I first went to New Zealand I really surprised by the color of sky. I’ve seen some blue sky but that was.. how can I say. Mild blue, soft but ravishing.

Especially in Lake Tekapo I got really lucky. You know weather in New Zealand is quite changable. Main reason I visit here was stargazing so weather is pretty much only thing I care and mother earth helped me. Thank you!.

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Yes. It is not a post card. Picture I took with my compact digital camera. Can’t believe it.

I just sat around the lake with my book and camera, spend time. I spend four days of my backpacking even one day I just have two pictures of me cooking and nothing. Did I tell you this place is like makes me meditating? And good for me too. I really thought a lot, and clear my mind at the same time. Wow suddenly mt own story reminds me of Eat, Pray, Love the book. Hm. Oh yes… and I did this. Remember ?

Backpacking was very important experience for me. Excited, fun, yes but most importantly I learned how to take care of myself and love myself. Along the way forcus what “I” have to say, and be free from what “people” want me to be. This calmness of Lake Tekapo was helped me think, calm myself. God.. I love this place.

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Still, when I needed some break I thought of this lake side. There was a bench I liked. Sit there with all the sunshine, makes me feel ‘Everything’s going to be okay.’ We all have that place, don’t we? Lake Tekapo is that place to me.

On my favorite chair. Take me there.

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Tune in : Juno’s Runaway tale in Lake Tekapo continues with…

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Part 2. Astronomy, why must?


Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

10 Comments

  1. Great photo essay! Looks like a phenomenal place!

  2. vewe says:

    nice photos! 🙂

  3. Gray says:

    Terrific photos, Juno! I can’t believe all you had was a compact digital. Wow.

    • Juno says:

      @Gray

      Haha I know, right? Wonder how that turns out if I had better one like I do now. Well I just have to go there again 🙂
      thanks Gray! 🙂

  4. Ted Nelson says:

    The picture of the mountains is incredible, but with the plane flying over them makes it spectacular.

    • Juno says:

      @Ted

      thanks! 🙂 and yes that plane trail is quite awesome. One of my favorite travel photo. 🙂 Frankly, everything is look like that in Lake Tekapo.

  5. Renata says:

    Beautiful photos! I absolutely love the South Island of New Zealand, it is just stunning.

  6. Yolanda says:

    I went to Lake Tekapo earlier this year, in the summer, and oh my god, I loved it too. I got there and it was just like my soul sighed with relief to be home. I wish I lived there.

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