On this project we had a lot to live up to.
Lake Tekapo, in the Mackenzie Country, is a turquoise lake lying at an altitude of 700m in an alpine basin and owes its colour to glacial action leaving finely-ground rock particles suspended in the water. The contract of the remarkable blue-green colour of the water against the golden land, with white-capped mountains all around is captivating. It is here that the resort of Bluewater has been created.
The region is two-and-a-half hours drive from Christchurch and about three from Dunedin, an ideal distance from either city of a second home or a holiday resort.
Recreational opportunities abound. In season, there are ski fields operating at Round Hill and, a little further away, Mt Dobson and Fox Peak. All year round the open terrain lends itself to horse-riding, mountain biking, tramping, hunting and landscape photography. On Lake Tekapo and other waterways in the region, fishing, kayaking and jet boating are all popular. And at night, in Tekapo’s clean air, the sky comes into its own. From all over the world, amateurs and professionals come to study the heavens and gaze up at the stars.
This is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with seasonal extremes of weather, where any development must respect and work with the landscape, climate, native flora and fauna, human heritage and current needs of the inhabitants. Every development project must take into account the effects that it may have on its surroundings. In this case, the pristine lake waters had to be protected from the potential effects of development and stringent approvals were required to ensure that suitable mechanisms were planned.