Lake Tekapo

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Lake Tekapo featuring mountains, a lake or waterhole and wild flowers

Take in awe-inspiring views of rugged mountains by day and dazzling stars by night at the township on the edge of this magnificent glacial lake.

Spend a few days in reverence of New Zealand’s majestic Southern Alps, the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo and one of the most spectacular night skies you will ever see. Trek through the mountains on horseback, relax in soothing hot springs and take your own picture of New Zealand’s most photographed church.

Many people only spend a short time in Lake Tekapo, stopping here on a tour to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and admire the church’s stunning mountain surroundings. However, a longer trip will reveal the charms of this alpine town where you can unwind fishing for salmon in the streams and hike through the forest.

The views across the lake framed by towering snow-capped peaks are simply mesmerizing on a clear day. The unusual milky-blue color of the water is due to the lake’s fine rock sediment, created over time by glacial movement.

One of the best places to overlook the lake is Tekapo Springs at the foot of Mount John. Soak in four different naturally heated pools and treat yourself to a massage. Stay into the evening and watch the spectacular night sky appear above you. Lake Tekapo is a designated UNESCO Dark Sky Spot; join an astronomy tour to learn about the clear constellations above.

In winter, the nearby Roundhill or Mount Dobson ski areas offer great skiing conditions. Back in town, enjoy a hearty meal at one of the restaurants or hotels. Stop for a drink and chat to the locals about life in the area.

Finally, don’t miss the Sheepdog Statue near the church. This pays tribute to the role the collie has played in helping sheep farmers survive in the tough terrain.

By car, Lake Tekapo is around 3 hours south of Christchurch and 3 hours north of Queenstown. Stop here for a night or two on your tour through the South Island, or make a daytrip from nearby Timaru.

Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park
Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park
2 out of 5
2 Lakeside Dr, Lake Tekapo, Canterbury
The price is NZ$120 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Situated on a lake, this eco-friendly motel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Tekapo and Tekapo Springs. Dark Sky Project and Cowans Hill Walkway are also within ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (46 reviews)
"The view from our cabin was excellent. Cabin was everything we could want from an overnight stay. Would love to return back here."

Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2021

Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park
Peppers Bluewater Resort
Peppers Bluewater Resort
4.5 out of 5
State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo
The price is NZ$188 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Situated in Lake Tekapo, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lake Tekapo, Church of the Good Shepherd and Sheepdog Statue. Tekapo Springs and ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,665 reviews)
"Staff friendly. grateful for the free laundry facilities. Room well appointed. Food ok."

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2021

Peppers Bluewater Resort
Mantra Lake Tekapo
Mantra Lake Tekapo
4 out of 5
1 Beauchamp Place, Lake Tekapo
Fully refundable
The price is NZ$269 per night from 4 Jan. to 4 Jan.
Situated on a lake, this eco-friendly apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Tekapo, Cowans Hill Walkway, and Sheepdog Statue. Church of the Good ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (545 reviews)
"Spacious apartment, with every amenity, close to the lake, big comfortable bed, bath and separate shower, and great value for money on the day we booked."

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2021

Mantra Lake Tekapo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Mackenzie Apartments & Suites
Mackenzie Apartments & Suites
3.5 out of 5
4 Sibbald Ln, Lake Tekapo
The price is NZ$185 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Situated in Lake Tekapo, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Dark Sky Project and 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Lake Tekapo. Cowans Hill Walkway and Church ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (50 reviews)
"Close to town, friendly staff and very tidy"

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2021

Mackenzie Apartments & Suites
Peppers Bluewater Resort
Peppers Bluewater Resort
4.5 out of 5
State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo
The price is NZ$188 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Situated in Lake Tekapo, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lake Tekapo, Church of the Good Shepherd and Sheepdog Statue. Tekapo Springs and ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,665 reviews)
"Staff friendly. grateful for the free laundry facilities. Room well appointed. Food ok."

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2021

Peppers Bluewater Resort
Mantra Lake Tekapo
Mantra Lake Tekapo
4 out of 5
1 Beauchamp Place, Lake Tekapo
The price is NZ$269 per night from 4 Jan. to 4 Jan.
Situated on a lake, this eco-friendly apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Tekapo, Cowans Hill Walkway, and Sheepdog Statue. Church of the Good ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (545 reviews)
"Spacious apartment, with every amenity, close to the lake, big comfortable bed, bath and separate shower, and great value for money on the day we booked."

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2021

Mantra Lake Tekapo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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