Lake Tekapo

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

Explore quaint Lake Tekapo: its lake views, hiking, cathedral and more!

Discover the walkable city of Lake Tekapo—lake views, churches and sights from Church of the Good Shepherd to Lake Tekapo.

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, 7999
The price is NZ$118 per night from 29 Jun. to 30 Jun.
Stay at this eco-friendly motel in Lake Tekapo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a garden. Popular attractions Tekapo Springs and Dark Sky Project are located ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (61 reviews)
"Great views of the lake, warm and cosy room with everything we needed and more!"

Reviewed on 23 May 2022

Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park
Lake Tekapo Village Motel
Lake Tekapo Village Motel
3.5 out of 5
Village Centre, State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo, 7945
The price is NZ$170 per night from 28 Jun. to 29 Jun.
Stay at this 3.5-star motel in Lake Tekapo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (888 reviews)
"Great location, friendly staff"

Reviewed on 22 Jun. 2022

Lake Tekapo Village Motel
The Godley Hotel
The Godley Hotel
3 out of 5
State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo, 7945
The price is NZ$165 per night from 28 Jun. to 29 Jun.
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Lake Tekapo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (207 reviews)
"Have stayed several times, always suprler friendly. Room is always warm and clean. Netflix option on TV is great for nighttime. The curtains do a fab job on keeping the light out in the morning. Views once you open those curtains are apectacular!"

Reviewed on 7 Jun. 2022

The Godley Hotel
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Mackenzie Apartments & Suites
Mackenzie Apartments & Suites
3.5 out of 5
4 Sibbald Ln, Lake Tekapo, 7999
The price is NZ$185 per night from 28 Jul. to 29 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Lake Tekapo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (54 reviews)
"The property was in excellent condition. Cathy was amazing, she took very good care of us."

Reviewed on 24 Jun. 2022

Mackenzie Apartments & Suites
The Quarters
The Quarters
3 out of 5
4 Erebus Place, Lake Tekapo, 7999
The price is NZ$185 per night from 28 Jun. to 29 Jun.
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Lake Tekapo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an LCD TV. Popular attractions Dark Sky Project and Cowans Hill Walkway are located ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (26 reviews)
"Excellent view. Parking inconvenience."

Reviewed on 30 Mar. 2022

The Quarters
Tekapo Luxury Apartments
Tekapo Luxury Apartments
3.5 out of 5
12 Erebus Place, Lake Tekapo, Canterbury, 7945
The price is NZ$299 per night from 28 Jun. to 29 Jun.
Stay at this 3.5-star golf apartment in Lake Tekapo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Popular attractions Dark Sky Project and Cowans Hill Walkway ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Highly recommended in Tekapo
"Fantastic spacious apartment with ample room for a family of 4. Kitchen well equipped for what we needed. Communication and service from staff excellent. Only downside was the dryer in our apartment wouldn’t work which was unfortunate for a ski holiday in July. But they took our wet washing and dried ..."

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2021

Tekapo Luxury Apartments
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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