Best place to see starry sky in the world Tekapo New Zealand #1

New Zealand Tekapo Lake

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As written in the title I went to New Zealand Tekapo lake which is well known as the best place to see starry sky.(February 2019)

From Malaysia to New Zealand you can use Malaysian airline for direct flight to Auckland. From Auckland to Chirstchurch need to use domestic flight. Chirstchurch is te nearest city to Tekapo lake.


Depart to Tekapo Lake

From Chirstchurch there are bus to go to Tekapo which is long way but in order to move flexible I prefer to use rent car. New Zealand is same as Malaysia or Japan which is right handle and left side to ride on the vehicle.

I rent from the company at New Zealand. You can check from below link. 4days including insurance was around 210 USD.You can get rent car by skyscanner as well. Please use if necessary.

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First day needed to stay 1 night at Chirstchurch due to the flight schedule so departing to Tekapo will be in the morning.

From Chirstchurch to Tekapo its around 231km and took 3hrs. If your car has the navigation system you can use that but if you don’t you can use your smartphone app 「Waze」. For myself this is better than Google map because the navigation voice is more clear to hear.

It was long drive but you can enjoy the veiw on the way and during summer season beautiful flower won’t make you boring.

On the way to Tekapo
On the way to Tekapo
On the way to Tekapo
On the way to Tekapo

When you come near to Tekapo Lake you can see the beautiful emerald green lake which make you exciting. And you can notice that many car is parking around. You will fell hungry on the way to Tekapo but make sure not to eat to much before you arrive. You must eat lunch at Tekapo.

The reason will be explain just after this.

The thing you must do at Tekapo

If you depart Christchurch ar 8am or 9am it will be good time to arrive Tekapo Lake.

In Japanese there is a word says 「If you are hungry you cannot beat」. Enegry is very important for traveling so we shuold go to one of the best restaurant in Tekapo.

The reason why to take lunch in Tekapo

The restaurant named Kohan Restaurant is the place managed by Japanese is must try. There delicious salmon is famous and all travelers like this too.

Tekapo Kohan restaurany
Tekapo Kohan restaurany

If you want to dine in most probably you need to book in advance but if you don’t mind you should take away because of 3 reason.

  1. Having lunch outside by seeing the wonderful Tekapo Lake view
  2. Environment outside makes happy
  3. Salmon rice bowl can be more delicious because of ① & ②
Tekapo salmon rice bowl
Tekapo salmon rice bowl
Tekapo Lake

Bench is prepared but you can prepare picnic sheet as well.

Below is the basic info about Kohan restaurant.

Address:6 Rapuwai Lane, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand

TEL: +6436806688

Operation hour: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, 6:00pm – 8:30 pm

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Working as businessman. Hobby is traveling on weekends and long holiday.
I have frequent traveler status for Oneworld and Star alliance.
I would like to share my trip easily and appreciate that I can explain how nice is that country and of course about Japan too.
Some of the info is bit old and it might have some difference from current info. Sorry for these kind of inconvenience cases.

If you have any recommend country or place to share that is also nice!!


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