by Chad Bennett in Cool Travel on Friday 25 October 2013

It’s rare that the view of bright, gleaming sunshine can contrast with a pure, white snowstorm over the space of 12 hours but at Peppers Bluewater Resort at stunning Lake Tekapo, it’s almost a common occurrence.

Peppers is nestled just above the township, yet still feels within touching distance of the shores of Lake Tekapo. The town is just a 2.5-hour drive from Christchurch in the Mackenzie Basin, and is an increasingly popular destination for visitors due to its proximity to Canterbury’s world-class ski areas, with Mount Cook equally popular during the summer with its fishing, hiking and bicycling activities.

Lake Tekapo itself boasts the likes of the brilliant Tekapo Springs, and the nearby stargazing at Mt John.

The quiet, blissful ambience that seems to engulf Lake Tekapo is replicated perfectly at Peppers. 142 studios and villas are spread across the site, yet at no point is there even the slightest hint of the hustle and bustle that can plague larger-scale resorts.

Like the town, Peppers also reflects Canterbury’s relationship with its surroundings, with dark, timber furnishings throughout. The idyllic Lake Tekapo is the perfect destination to explore the delights of the Mackenzie Basin – and Peppers is the perfect base, be it in sunshine or snow.