Lake Tekapo is located in an International Dark Sky Reserve, the biggest in the world, this was our main reason for heading inland from Oamaru. It is one of the best places to star watch and did not disappoint. We set up camp on the lakeside and prepared for an evening of gazing at the sky. Heading out at midnight we walked along the lake and settled down on the beach to watch and photograph the stars. We identified the Milky Way by looking for the Southern Cross star constellation, staying out until 3am to watch it move across the nights sky. The next day we walked up to the University Observatory on top of Mount John where we were rewarded by 360 degree panoramic views of the mountains, Lake Tekapo and Lake Alexandrina.