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Lake Tekapo

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

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Air Safaris
Air Safaris Air Safaris - To appreciate the beauty and scale of the Mackenzie region, there is nothing better than seeing it from the air.

Earth and Sky
Earth and Sky Earth & Sky Mt John Observatory, Lake Tekapo “Window to the Universe”

Lake Tekapo Regional Park
Lake Tekapo Regional Park Lake Tekapo Regional Park. This 165ha exotic forest on the south east edge of Lake Tekapo was established as a Regional Park by Environment Canterbury in 2008.

Tekapo Springs
Tekapo Springs SOAK IN THE VIEWS…at Tekapo Springs. Located halfway between Christchurch and Queenstown, Tekapo Springs is a must-do for everyone, with a fun mix of relaxing and exciting activities all year round.

Discover Tekapo Accommodation
Discover Tekapo At Discover Tekapo we aim to provide you with the ideal holiday home for your, views, comfort, relaxation, indoor and outdoor living... you let us know what you require and we make it our mission to provide it.

Lake Tekapo Village Motel
Lake Tekapo Village Motel Lake Tekapo Village Motel offers quality accommodation situated in the heart of Lake Tekapo village. Rooms are modern, clean and most have spectacular views over Lake Tekapo and the surrounding mountains.

Mackenzie Alpine Horse Trekking
Mackenzie Alpine Horse Trekking Experience the spectacular Mackenzie High Country on horseback. Come and meet our enthusiastic team and friendly horses. Let them take you on a memorable trek through tussock grasslands, forests, high country sheep stations and grand picturesque glacial lakes.

Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon
Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Mt. Cook Alpine Cook Salmon - Visit our new shop located on State Highway 8 between Tekapo and Twizel on Lake Pukaki

The Greedy Cow
The Greedy Cow First class coffee and food - with a little side of fun. That’s exactly what you’ll find at The Greedy Cow, the family café run by a hungry local Lake Tekapo family. Trust us – we know what you need!!

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