The town of Lake Tekapo is now a thriving hub of tourism for the area. There are a multitude of activities to partake in, from helicopter landings on glaciers, or a soak in hot pools. The vivid hue of turquoise in the lake is due to 'glacial flour'. This is the result of the glaciers scraping away fine particles of rocks, which then hang suspended in the water, refracting the sunlight and giving it such a surreal colour.
The town is located in the heart of the world's fourth international dark sky reserve. At 4,300 square kilometers it is the largest reserve, and is the only one awared gold status. This means there is practicially zero light pollution. The town features low-level street lighting to help protect the unparalleled views of the night sky.