Picturesque by day and dazzling by night, Lake Tekapo is centered within Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, the largest Dark Sky Reserve in the world, making it the perfect spot for stargazing.
Lake Tekapo is home to around 400 residents, around three hours drive south-west of Christchurch on State Highway 8, on the inland tourist route to Aoraki/Mt Cook and Queenstown. The township faces north across the remarkable turquoise coloured lake to the majestic Southern Alps. Lake Tekapo gets its intense milky-turquoise colour from the fine rock-flour (ground by glaciers) which is suspended in the water.
Lake Tekapo Highlights
- year round activities - wintersports playground to summer holiday activities galore
- great fishing in local canals, lakes and rivers
- visit the world-famous Mount John Observatory; 360° daytime views and amazing night sky stargazing at Earth and Sky
- Take a breath at Tekapo Spings
- walking and mountain-bike trails galore – all with dramatic scenic backdrops
- try a section of the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail or ride the entire trail starting from Tekapo
- scenic flights over the southern alps and stunning southern lakes with Air Safaris
- enjoy a game of golf in New Zealand’s highest golf course
- explore golden tussock grasslands and historic high country sheep farms on horseback
- the Church of the Good Shepherd – one of the most photographed churches on the planet with breath-taking views of lake and mountains through the altar window
- famous bronze statue in honour of the sheepdog – a tribute to the working dogs of the area
- breathtaking lake and mountain views offered by a wide choice of accommodation options