NZ Made Fete New Website

The Fete Committee have been working hard organising this years 6th annual NZ MADE Fete. To be held at Mt John Homestead on Sunday 16th March.
New this year is our website
Take a look around for some great photos of previous years, information on how to find us, check out all the fantastic stallholders attending for 2014.
A few sites still available so if you are a handy person and make something interesting, unique or an artist then please get in touch with Raewyn on

Lake Tekapo Footbridge

The Lake Tekapo Footbridge takes a huge step forward. 

The major part of Stage 1 for the build of the Lake Tekapo Footbridge is now well underway. We started this time last year with the drilling of the test cassion. Now we are placing all the piers. Texco Ltd of Christchurch has been contracted for Stage 1 – the construction of the caissons and placement of the stone casings – and for Stage 2 – the construction and placement of the steel work.

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The first stonework is lowered over the steel caisson and fixed into place.

The pier on the east side is now complete and the crane and drilling machinery have moved to the west side. The east side platform is being removed. One pier will be placed at the end of the west side temporary platform. This should be finished before Christmas. Another one, closer to the bank, should be completed in the second week of January, hopefully beating the lake level rise after Genesis closes their gates on January 6. Another pier will still have to be placed further up the bank. But that will not be susceptible to flooding so the rush to avoid bad weather and lake rise is not such an issue.

The piers consist of caissons – steel tubes welded together and driven into the riverbed to a depth of 9 meters. Concrete is pored into the underground section so no water seeps into the tubes and firmly embeds them in the ground. This method is very similar to the caissons being placed as foundations for high-rise buildings in the Christchurch Rebuild. The section above ground has the stone caissons then positioned over the steel tubes and a cap, that will eventually hold the steel work frame of the bridge, is placed on top.

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The stonework is nearly all in place for the first caisson.

The stonework is almost complete for all the piers. They can be viewed on the west side above the crane. A local stonemason, Dale Karton, has been contracted for this job. The stone is being laid around concrete tubes. We are still waiting the delivery of one more concrete tube. It is exciting to see such a good job near to completion and so in keeping with the stonework on our iconic church.

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The steel cap is welded to the caisson.

Funding is still being sought before we can commence on Stage 2.

Lupins 2013

Overnight we have Lupins flowering in Tekapo! At this stage they are only out in the sunniest areas, it is however looking like a bumper crop is coming.
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We also have some visitors enjoying those same Lupine.
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Then to top it all there is a very cool looking car that’s stopped in….
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The “Lake Tekapo NZ MADE Fete” is underway

The hugely successful Fete will be held again this year on the 16th of March. This event has proved itself very popular over the last years, offering a wide variety of goods and fun things to do.

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Save the Date!!

Planning for the 6th Annual Lake Tekapo NZ MADE Fete is underway.
Mark the date in your calendar now – Sunday 16th March 2014
Our fantastic venue is the Mt John Homestead in Lake Tekapo.
Open 10am – 4pm.
LIVE entertainment from local boys, The B Minors and Sarah Conlan from Twizel. Sarah has recently won a competition for producing the theme song for the Special Olympics to be held in Dunedin at the end of November. “Soaring High”, written & performed by Sarah was selected from dozens of entries around New Zealand. As winner of the competition Sarah will perform “Soaring High” at the National Summer Games 2013 Opening Ceremony.
All our products are New Zealand Made. There will be family entertainment as well as fabulous crafts, art, food, boutique wines, toys, plants, clothing for ladies & children, stoneware and more.

Applications are now open for stalls at the Fete.

For all inquiries please contact Raewyn at

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Trippo reaches the Alpine Springs.

Last weekend Alpine Springs in Tekapo opened the largest portable waterslide in the world. What a fantastic weekend that was, and what a fabulous new addition to put on your list of things to do in Lake Tekapo.

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The new Trippo at Alpine Springs shown in its awesome largeness.

The weather played warm and hot, and many enjoyed the exhilarating experience of speed and a soft water landing in this spectacular slide.

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Trippo in Tekapo on a hot day.

Suitable for all ages, the young and the more mature, everyone can have some fun. The great views and the hot dry summer weather are the perfect companions for a day in the high country.

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The Trippo is for everyone

Huge boost for Canterbury’s critically endangered kakī

The wild population of critically endangered kakī/black stilts, received a much-needed boost last week when the Department of Conservation (DOC) released 91 young birds in the Mackenzie Basin.

Set free in two releases near Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki, it is hoped that the nine-month-old birds will eventually disperse throughout the whole Mackenzie Basin.

Members of the public, local runholders and school children were all invited to the releases. The next scheduled release is likely to be January if another successful breeding season is repeated. Contact the DOC office in Twizel if you would like to be involved.

Bird release Huge boost for Canterbury’s critically endangered kakī

kaki/black stilts near Lake Tekapo

Winter has arrived, with a bang.

Round Hill Ski Area is heading for a fantastic season. After Tekapo village received 80cm new snow, Roundhill Ski Area reports one meter of new snow, and that’s after the runs already had a good base to start the season.

Big powder Tekapo Winter has arrived, with a bang.

Round hill reports..on the 18th of June, before the big big snow came..

‘”New Snow
We have received 40cm new snow at the base and 60-70cm at the top of the mountain from the last weather system and there looks to be much more in the forecast! The grooming team have packed the snow down and groomed the trails which has set up an excellent base across all of the main trails. The snow making team are ready to fire up as soon as conditions allow. As you can see from the picture below which were taken today, Roundhill is looking great!
We are pleased to announce that we will be running a daily transport service from the Tekapo Village to Roundhill this winter. The cost is $20 for a return trip. Spaces are limited and bookings are essential. Please email or phone 021 520 705 for more info or to make a booking!

We have a range of exciting and fun events lined up this season, make a note of these in your diary!
Sat 3rd August – 80′s Day, Sat 10th August – Karl Burtscher Memorial Ski Race, Sat 17th August – Skidoo Hill Climb, Sat 24th August – The Roundhill Snow Jam, Sat 31st August – Fathers Day Race, Sat 8th & Sun 9th September – Chill Gromfest
For more information on any of these events please see our website
Roundhill Ski Team”

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Roundhill looking ready to roll for the 2013 ski season.