Takapō has PC amber bollards along some of its walkways, and 2200 K LED streetlights (please watcxh the video below) because of visionary lighting ordinances that were established in the 1980s by the Mackenzie Council to protect the night skies from light pollution. The ordinances have minimised light pollution for the nearby Mt. John Observatory, and they have helped enable the area to become the world renowned Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. As the reserve has expanded over the years, the nearby towns of Mt Cook, Twizel and Fairlie have been included. The existing lighting ordinances are currently being revised and updated
The Dark Sky Reserve was the third to be recognised in the world when it was created in 2012 with accreditation from Dark-Sky International (formerly the International Dark Sky Association.)
This insightful video features Takapō (Tekapo) at 5:46 mins, and the special amber lighting used in Tekapo at 7:50 mins, 8:21 mins, and again 14:10 mins.
A timelapse compilation by Last Quarter Photography showcasing the beauty of the night within and around Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve in New Zealand's South Island. Aoraki is the Maori name for Mt Cook, the highest peak in New Zealand. These sequences were compiled from 3 years of living in Lake Tekapo and overnight trips to locations around the reserve. Aoraki Mackenzie is a dark sky reserve covering over 4367 square kilometres