Our home for the next three nights is the aptly named Tekapo. Or more correctly in Maori 'Takapo - the components of which “taka” and “po” mean, respectively, "sleeping mat" and "night". In the evenings, take time to look up - while the view out across the lake and into Mount Cook National Park is stunning, it is the night sky that has put Tekapo on the map. In fact, the unpolluted panorama stuffed with stars is so good it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If weather allows we have the option of visiting the Mt John Observatory for a nights viewing.
Our ski day takes us to another family run field high in alps - Ski Roundhill. There is perhaps nothing more relaxing in the world than a drink overlooking the huge glacial rivers and Lake Tekapo at the von Brown hut in the late afternoon sun. Ski Roundhill is not just all easy family skiing though! The 1.4k Heritage Express Tow is not only the world’s longest tow but opens up masses of incredible off-piste terrain for most levels when the snow is right.
Tekapo is also the ideal place to do absolutely nothing. Maybe read a book, take a stroll along the lake front up Mt John for a spectacular coffee spot or soak away the travel weariness in the Teakpo Hot Springs. Of course, not everyone needs a little downtime so we also have the options of ice-skating, tubing, mountain biking, more skiing at nearby Mt Dobson (or Roundhill again) or doing a very New Zealand thing and going Heli-skiing high up in the powder of the Southern Alps.