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New Zealand Tekapo Dog Momument

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Lake Tekapo is in the Mackenzie District. This area was named after James Mackenzie, a Scottish shepherd turned sheep rustler, who was the first settler discover the area. Mackenzie, with the help of his dog Friday, drove flocks of sheep inland to avoid being discovered in the 1850's. Sheep have been farmed in the area ever since.

A bronze memorial to working sheep dogs, such as Friday, was commissioned in 1968 by local farmers and now stands on the shores of Lake Tekapo near the Church of the Good Shepherd.

Tekapo is renowned for its dark night skies and in 2009 became the the worlds first UNESCO World Heritage’s Starlight Reserve.

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The dog monument is about 100 meters from the church.
Crowd Factor A decent amount of people
Best Timing Blue hour/nighttime during fall
Sunrise & Sunset 06:26 - 21:13 | current local time: 05:46
Locations Lake Tekapo
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