The intense milky-turquoise colours emitting from Lake Tekapo is breathtaking. Surrounded by the Southern Alps, the glacial waters within the coloured lake are once in a lifetime. The area was used by Maori for centuries, and the European settlers only discovered the basin in the mid 1800s. The glacial meltwater carriers ‘rock flour’, ground off the mountains by the moving ice. The rock flour is held in suspension by the lake waters, giving them opacity as well as their pale colour. For such a unique attraction, it is not overrun with tourists, but if you wish to find more space of your own, head further south to Lake Pukaki.
Crater Mountain, North Cascades National Park, elevation 8,128 feet. Diablo Lake is in the foreground. The turquoise color comes from glacial flour, which are fine rock particles created when glaciers grind against bedrock.