The Church of the Good Shepherd is a quaint stone church that is a symbol of New Zealand's Lake Tekapo. The church was constructed from building materials collected from surrounding construction sites, preserving the stones and plants around it. This gorgeous and elegant church blends perfectly with the natural scenery around it. The church is a popular destination for tourists, who enjoy taking a seat in the pews and watching the beautiful lake outside.
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This was such a fun hike! Luckily we had enough warm clothes with us because we definitely underestimated the cold weather! Also, if you want to go there don‘t forget to bring snacks.
The Good Shepherd's Church is New Zealand's most recognizable landmark. It is located next to Lake Tekapo in the Canterbury Region. It was built in 1935 and named after a sculpture of a shepherd dog. It is praised by the pioneers of the Mackenzie area to remember them. Great achievements. The most special feature of the
church is that it is completely built of rock, and the panoramic view of the Southern Alps is seen from the window of the church altar.
This is also a good place to watch the stars. When the night falls, the long guns and short guns are waiting, everyone wants to capture the stars in the background of the church. However, due to the fact that there are cars entering from time to time, the direct shooting of the high beam lights has repeatedly destroyed the shooting results, and the complaints from time to time have become the norm.
Compared to the night, I prefer the church during the day, solemn and quiet.
Tikpo, the southern hemisphere's fairy tale fairy tale
tikapo is one of the world's seven starry sky reserves, light pollution is extremely low, while the altitude here is high and dry climate, with the highest sunny rate in New Zealand, most of the year It is suitable for star watching at night. Therefore, New Zealand's largest professional observatory, the world's southernmost observatory, the John Hill Observatory, and its sister observatory, the Cohens Observatory, are located here. All those who come to Tikpo should have the same purpose as us, and hope to see the stars and the Milky Way with their own eyes.
It is said that in order to protect the beautiful starry sky above the head, the town residents have been spontaneously reducing lighting since 1981 and installing the lamps in strict accordance with scientific calculations. The lighting of all monuments or buildings is strictly controlled to reduce glare and night sky glow. Since 2005, the town has begun to apply to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to classify this sky as a Starry Nature Reserve, hoping to make the world aware of the importance of having a clear sky to humanity. .
When we wait for eleven o'clock every night, we will be in the Good Shepherd's Church like a bear. In the early night sky of the southern hemisphere, the stars and the galaxy of the sky are in front of my eyes. It is like a fairy tale fairy tale, away from the city, away from the pollution of light, the beauty is not true. Fortunately, like us, we can have such a wonderful encounter with the stars. At this point, you will feel away from the dust, everything is the most beautiful of nature.
Lake Tekapo, more famous, is the church of the good shepherd on the lakeside. Chinese is generally called the "Good Shepherd Church", but I don't think it is very suitable. It may be more appropriate to "Shepherd's Church".
We tried to find the church by the lake on Mount John and the result was invisible. When I found out, I found out that it was such a small one. Small and famous, there must be a story.
The idea of building a church was due to the 1933, to commemorate the early pioneers who lived here. It is the first church of this generation. The
church is a stone building structure. The stone was built by an old architect within a few miles of the lake. After picking it, everyone brought it here. The stone remains intact, without any processing, and retains the moss above, so that the church has just been built and looks like it has been for decades. Even if the visitors outside the church door are woven, noisy, but when you step into the church, you will feel the whole world is quiet, through the frame-like window, look at the Tekapo Lake in front of you, listen to the sound of the wind.
separated by two doors, two worlds. Whether it's in Mount John or around the Church of the Good Shepherd, there are countless wild rabbits, especially cute.