What's happening in and around Lake Tekapo

Parkbrae Estate,  Sealy Street,  P.O. Box 84,  Lake Tekapo 7945,  New Zealand.
Check-in office,  open from 2-8pm at 8 O’Neill Place,  Lake Tekapo,  New Zealand
E-mail: info@tekapoholidayhomes.co.nz   Phone: +64 3 680 6607


8th April 2015: Parkbrae Estate under new management

In early April 2015, Parkbrae’s Graeme & Carolyn Murray retired after 30 years of tirelessly supporting the Tekapo community. Their hospitality and generosity were legendary and we wish them both a long, healthy and happy retirement!

Management of Parkbrae has therefore transferred to Caroll & Craig Simcox, of Tekapo Holiday Homes at 8 O’Neill Place, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.
Phone: +64 3 680 6607     Email: info@tekapoholidayhomes.co.nz

18th July 2012: 27 sights that will remind you how incredible Earth is

Clear, pollution-free skies has resulted in New Zealand beating Australia in an ultimate travel bucket list comprised by an influential news website.

The star-filled sky above Mackenzie Basin, which was last month named the world's newest dark sky reserve, has been ranked fifth on a list of 27 sights to remind sight-seers "how incredible Earth is".

Authors behind the CNN International travel guide say: "These amazing spectacles may not change your life, but they should change your vacation plans."

While watching the sun rise at 9th-century Buddhist monument Borobudur in Java, Indonesia, topped the US broadcaster's list, the South Canterbury skies beat the ancient sights of Venice, Mexican jungle pyramids, American electrical storms, and Australia's top entry — Sydney Harbour — at number 12.

The compilers wrote about Mackenzie Basin: "Picking out Orion's Belt and The Big Dipper is even more impressive if there are a million other stars distracting you from the task."

A 1600-square-mile area in New Zealand's South Island comprising Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park and the Mackenzie Basin has just been designated the world's fourth International Dark Sky Reserve, making it "one of the best stargazing sites on Earth", according to International Dark-Sky Association's executive director Bob Parks.

The inclusion of a Kiwi sight higher than our cross-Tasman friends rankled Australia's Daily Telegraph newspaper, which wrote: "And while the absence of our famous Barrier Reef or the 12 Apostles might come as a shock to nature lovers, the inclusion of a New Zealand attraction is sure to put a few Aussie noses out of joint, especially when it outranks us."

Source: APNZ

9th June 2012: Aoraki Mackenzie Named World’s Largest
9th June 2012: International Dark Sky Reserve!

Over 1,600 square miles of New Zealandʼs South Island have just been proclaimed as an International Dark Sky Reserve, making it the largest in the world. The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR), comprised of the Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park and the Mackenzie Basin, is the fourth such dark sky reserve in the world.

International Dark-Sky Associationʼs Executive Director Bob Parks remarks, "The new reserve is coming in at a ʻGoldʼ level status. That means the skies there are almost totally free from light pollution. To put it simply, it is one of the best stargazing sites on Earth."

Margaret Munro, Earth & Sky General Manager, adds: "The Earth & Sky team wish to congratulate the Starlight Reserve Working Party on their achievement of being awarded the first 'Gold' status as an International Starlight Reserve, recognising the area of Lake Tekapo and the Mackenzie Basin in the South Island of New Zealand the best place on Earth to stargaze."

Read the full press release by clicking here.