Lake Tekapo Things to Do

  • Ski, slalom, and jumps taken from cafe
    Ski, slalom, and jumps taken from cafe
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Most Viewed Things to Do in Lake Tekapo

  • 1. Church of the Good Shepherd

    Situated on the edge of Lake Tekapo the church was built in 1935 and the first church built in the Mackenzie Basin. Because the Church of the Good Shepherd has caught the attention of the world,many...

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  • 2. Sheepdog Monument

    Border Collie dogs were introduced to the area in the 1800's byt the Scottish shepherds. Without these dogs the area could not have been farmed with any success. A memorial to the saviour of the...

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  • 3. Lake Tekapo

    Lake Tekapo is one of three lakes running almost parallel to each other. Lakes Pukaki and Ohau are the other two. Lake Tekapo is the second largest. It is fed by the waters of the Godley River and...

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  • 4. Roundhill Ski Area

    Roundhill is a lovely, family friendly skifield with a variety of terrain. The access road is gentle and no scary dropoffs at the side. A big plus for some people. Unlike many New Zealand skifields,...

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  • 5. Air Safaris

    Air Safaris provide a fantastic flight titled " The Grand Traverse of Aoraki Mount Cook and the glaciers". I took a flight in 2001 and 2009. The flight in 2001 was in a small 5 seater plane, and that...

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  • 6. Mt John Observatory

    Lake Tekapo is known for its pristine waters and the clear sky. That is why an observatory was built on Mt. John. It belongs to the University of Canterbury and was long closed to the public but in...

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  • 7. Lake Pukaki

    Lake Pukaki is one of three parallel lakes running north south from the Southern Alps. It is the largest of the three (the others are Lake Tekapo and Lake...

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  • 8. Aoraki Visitor Centre

    The visitor centre at Mt Cook/Aoraki is quite amazing. It is full of imformation about the area including Maori history, wildlife, climbing history and the...

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  • 9. Mt Cook

    Mount Cook or in the Maori, Aoraki is the highest mountain in New Zealand. It is 3,754 metres high and is in the Southern Alps, the mountain range which runs...

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  • 10. At Enchanting Lake Tekapo

    Driving from Christchurch to Queenstown was the best thing we've done for our New Zealand trip!This was mainly due to the easy drive - not much traffic and of...

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  • 11. Get on your Feet

    We love hiking (the New Zealanders call it tramping) and cycling at Lake Tekapo, apart from just walking half an hour and then lie in the sun. On a website I...

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  • 12. Of Course, you are there for the Lupins ;-)

    Although classified as weeds, they are wonderful. And of course, you are allowed to enjoy the splash of colour along the roads to and around Lake Tekapo....

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  • 13. A Wonderful Project at Lake Alexandrina

    As soon as you leave Lake Tekapo township, you will most probably feel the solitude of the Mackenzie Country. Even more so, if you leave SH 8, and head along...

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  • 14. Have Fun on the Ice or in the Hot Pools

    Another cool winter activity than skiing (and not as much depending on the weather) is getting on the ice. There is an ice-rink right in the darkest corner...

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  • 15. Stay for an incredible Lot of Activities

    The most common activity tourists do at Lake Tekapo is getting off a tour bus, pose beside the Church of the Good Shepherd and - if being there at the right...

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  • 16. Drown in the Changing Colours of the Lake

    When I saw Lake Tekapo the first time I immediately fell in love with these incredible colours, and the love has not diminished.It was summer, and the lake was...

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  • 17. Cycle along the Lake or to Lake Pukaki

    A nice cycling tour is on a gravel road along the west side of the lake to the head of the lake where you are NOT allowed to pass farmland. They seem to have...

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  • 18. Journey to Lake Tekapo

    The road journey to Lake Tekapo is very scenic. Along the way, you will pass by several charming towns, wide open landscape, mountains and bright blue lakes....

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  • 19. Lupins

    Lupins are an introduced species in New Zealand, they are not native. The were originally grown along roadsides to beautify the area. They have adapted...

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  • 20. The crowds inside the church is even worse

    Gave up with photo taking, I moved on to the Church of The Good Sherperd, the main tourist attraction in this area. This tiny wood and stone church constructed...

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  • 21. The lake is the main tourist trap

    The view of the lake and surrounding country-side is stunning. We stopped for a good view and photos oppportunity.To my disappointment, every corner I tried to...

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  • 22. Tekapo Walkway

    Take a stroll along Tekapo Walkway and you will find a well, a wooden bench under a big tree and a structure by Lake Tekapo Power Station of a vertical turbine...

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  • 23. Twizel & surroundings

    Near to Lake Pukaki is the town of Twizel. The huge flat plains near to this town and the lake is made famous by being the filming location of the epic Battle...

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  • 24. Mount Cook National Park

    The stunning mountains of the Mount Cook National Park, include Mount Cook itself (highest mountain in New Zealand) can be seen clearing on the shores of Lake...

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  • 25. About Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki & Lake Wakatipu

    These 3 large lakes of central South Island of New Zealand are fed by the melting waters of the sorrounding snow-capped mountains of the New Zealand Alps. The...

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