Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

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Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

This stunner of a lake is located on the South Island of New Zealand. Writes IndependentTraveler.com reader Mal Part, "The scenery here is absolutely spectacular -- there are mountains all around, many with snow on the top, and we have Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki to accompany our journey. These two lakes have an amazing blue color. We normally attribute the blueness of lakes and the sea to the fact that water (and ice) reflect blue wavelength light better than light of other wavelengths ... But these lakes are even bluer and a quite different shade of blue because of their mineral content -- it's a rich, pale, aquamarine, paddling pool blue, and very beautiful." (Read the rest of Mal Part's trip review here.)

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