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Sheepdog Statue

Standing proudly before the snow-capped Southern Alps, this famous statue is testament to the high esteem with which sheepdogs are held in this area.

Visit the grand Sheepdog Statue and learn why these dogs were so pivotal to the history and settlement of the Mackenzie Basin. Enjoy fantastic views of the lake and surrounding mountains and look for real dogs still working the land nearby. 

The Sheepdog Statue on the edge of Lake Tekapo serves as a tribute to the dogs used by Scottish shepherds during the 19th century. According to locals, the statue was the idea of a Lake Tekapo farmer’s wife. After its completion, the statue was sent to England for the bronze to be polished. It was finally erected in 1968.

Line up your camera for the perfect photo of the statue with the stunning mountains in the background. Get closer and you will see an engraved plaque, which tells the story of the collie dogs that were used to herd flocks of sheep here in Mackenzie Country. 

You can walk to the statue from the town at Lake Tekapo. Nearby, you will find the Church of the Good Shepherd. This small stone church acts as a memorial to the farmers and shepherds who pioneered the region of the Mackenzie Basin. The statue is free to visit and accessible at any time.


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Peppers Bluewater Resort NZ$149
Peppers Bluewater Resort

Peppers Bluewater Resort

State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 Mount John Lookout are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    The Godley Hotel NZ$129
    The Godley Hotel

    The Godley Hotel

    State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Tekapo and Church of the Good Shepherd. Tekapo Springs and Mount John Observatory are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Lake Tekapo Village Motel NZ$160
      Lake Tekapo Village Motel

      Lake Tekapo Village Motel

      Village Centre, State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the mountains, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Dark Sky Project, Cowans Hill Walkway and Lake Tekapo. Church of the Good Shepherd and Sheepdog Statue are also within 15 minutes.

        Mantra Lake Tekapo NZ$245
        Mantra Lake Tekapo

        Mantra Lake Tekapo

        1 Beauchamp Place, Lake Tekapo
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on a lake, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Tekapo and Church of the Good Shepherd. Tekapo Springs is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.

          Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park NZ$120
          Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park

          Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park

          2 Lakeside Dr, Lake Tekapo, Canterbury
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Lake Tekapo, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Tekapo and Tekapo Springs. Church of the Good Shepherd is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.

            Lake Tekapo Cottages NZ$172
            Lake Tekapo Cottages

            Lake Tekapo Cottages

            12 Sealy St, Lake Tekapo
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Lake Tekapo, this golf guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Church of the Good Shepherd and Lake Tekapo. Tekapo Springs is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

              Scott Street Apartments NZ$139
              Scott Street Apartments

              Scott Street Apartments

              3 Scott Street, Lake Tekapo
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Lake Tekapo, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Cowans Hill Walkway and Church of the Good Shepherd. Lake Tekapo and Tekapo Springs are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                Tailor Made Tekapo Accommodation - Guesthouse & Hostel NZ$90
                Tailor Made Tekapo Accommodation - Guesthouse & Hostel

                Tailor Made Tekapo Accommodation - Guesthouse & Hostel

                11 Aorangi Crescent, Lake Tekapo
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Lake Tekapo, this golf hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Lake Tekapo and Church of the Good Shepherd. Sheepdog Statue and Tekapo Springs are also within 2 mi (3 km).