The area was named after James Mackenzie a sheep farmer and thief who derived from Scottish ancestry.
The church adorns the shore of Lake Tekapo amidst farming outlets and unused land.
Walking within the walls your eyes are pulled to the huge Altar window displaying a picturesque view of water, mountains and sky.
Spell-bounding.... this is Gods headpiece of living art
Congregations of the three main faiths worship here regularly.
It is the most photographed church in New Zealand.
So is the church itself the important place of worship?
In John 4:19-24 we read about the woman who met Jesus at the well..
"Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet.
Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."
Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."