Lake Tekapo, or Tekapo, is a small town situated in the Mackenzie Basin region of New Zealand’s South Island. Just over three hours’ driving either east or west on SH8 leads to Christchurch (227km) and Queenstown (256km).
The town is a popular tourist destination, an almost obligatory comfort break for travellers en route. Its attractions include the Church of the Good Shepherd (built in 1935 as a memorial to the pioneers of the region), the bronze sheepdog (built in tribute to working dogs), Mt John University Observatory and of course the lake itself. more
During the summer months, Lake Tekapo experiences mild, sunny weather, whilst its winter can be extremely cold. In all seasons, sunlight helps to create the Lake Tekapo's amazing turquoise blue colour (particles of 'rock flour' ground by the glaciers in the lake's headwaters).
In 2012, the Observatory was declared the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve meaning "it is one of the best stargazing sites on Earth". Go by day and enjoy the views, go by night and enjoy the skies.
Other attractions include Tekapo Springs (spa and winter sports), horse treks, golf, fishing, hunting, lake cruises and scenic flights. Accommodation includes camping grounds, backpackers, holiday homes, motel and hotel accommodation.
Please choose from the main accommodation, attractions, tours, transport or visitor information categories below for Tekapo, MacKenzie Country, New Zealand.
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Mobile-friendly - Go backcountry with a guide this winter to learn safe touring whether on alpine skis, nordic skis or split board. Alpine Recreation has two heated private huts, providing the ideal base for avalanche courses, spectacular touring and practising all the skills for safe navigation of unpatrolled and ungroomed slopes. All equipment except alpine touring boots and split board gear provided.
Mobile-friendly - The Southern Alp foothills undergo magical transformation in winter. A covering of snow creates an extensive playground for trampers on snowshoes. Hike 3 hours to our cosy mountain-hut at the snowline (1280m). From here we explore a winter wonderland of ice-covered streams, curving ridges, snowy valleys, returning each night to relax by the warmth of a pot-belly stove.
Mobile-friendly - Learn to climb at one of New Zealand’s best locations for a mountaineering course: Caroline Hut right opposite the awesome Caroline Face of Aoraki Mount Cook. Our professional guides will teach you not only technical skills, but also risk awareness to keep yourself safe in the challenging terrain. Alpine Recreation owns the hut and provides the gear and food.
Mobile-friendly - Follow in Sir Edmund Hillary's footsteps as you climb up the Ball Ridge to view the mighty Caroline Face front-on - New Zealand's highest ice face. From Caroline Hut, your private refuge for the night, you look out over the Tasman Glacier and its surrounding peaks, the highest in New Zealand. Fit hikers love this challenge!
Mobile-friendly - You'll be inspired by the magic light of the Mackenzie Country across golden tussock, snow-capped peaks and turquoise of Lake Tekapo, when you trek with the team at Alpine Recreation. Hike above the foothills of the Southern Alps and climb a 2070m peak, returning to a cosy mountain hut. Enjoy a star-studded evening sky on this ideal introduction to hiking.
Mobile-friendly - Formerly Earth & Sky, Dark Sky Project is proud to be NZ’s premier stargazing and observatory experience located in one of the best regions in the world for seeing the night skies. Our expert guides and astrophotographers share the science and stories of the southern skies at a range of locations including the world-renowned University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory.
Farm tours closed due to Covid for winter excluding school holidays. Spend a relaxing hour with us and over 70 alpaca on our farm. We are experienced alpaca breeders of 19 years. You will be able to feed, touch and get great photos with our alpaca & llama. We also have pet sheep to touch and feed.
Mobile-friendly - Built to blend-in with the environment, Lakefront Lodge comfortably sleeps 76 people in dorm rooms with variety of stand-alone private accommodation outside including twin & double-units, ensuite-units and glamping in summer. Situated on the shore overlooking beautiful Lake Tekapo and the mountains beyond, perfect for groups, sports clubs, schools, families, and individual travellers and anyone looking for communal affordable accommodation.
Mobile-friendly - Visit stunning Lake Tekapo and stay in one of our fully self-contained holiday homes for one night or longer. We have 50 homes to choose from, so whether it is a cosy place for 2 or a large accommodation group up to 8, we have your Tekapo accommodation solution. Explore the Mckenzie Country. View our Lake Tekapo holiday properties today.
Mobile-friendly - Lake Tekapo Holiday Park is set on the picturesque shores of beautiful Lake Tekapo, with magnificent views across the lake to surrounding mountains with stunning night sky. From cabins to family units, ensuite units, motels, powered or non-powered sites. Lake Tekapo Holiday Park is an idyllic place to stay for a night or two or make it your holiday destination.
Mobile-friendly - NZ Snow Tours offer quality, fully guided snow packages, based in Queenstown or Wanaka. We include everything you need for a stress free week on the snow. We pick you up from the airport and look after you every day, driving you direct to the best mountains NZ has to offer. Accommodation, lift passes are all included.
Mobile-friendly - Experience Tekapo Springs for relaxation and recreation in Lake Tekapo in the South Island! Relax in the hot pools or cooler pools with aqua play area. Enjoy the Jumpernaut (giant inflatable obstacle course) and amazing Aqua Drop (150-metre downhill water slide). Treat yourself to a massage or facial at the day spa then refuel at the Altitude 720 cafe/bar.
Mobile-friendly - Soak in the stars with Tekapo Star Gazing, the only guided hot pools and stargazing tour in New Zealand! Learn about the incredible dark sky reserve with high-powered telescopes and a unique fusion of astronomy and storytelling then slip into a 38°C hot pool and admire the amazing Southern skies! Free Tekapo shuttle, towels and hot drinks are included.
Yes we are open 7 days. Check out our virtual tour of the shop without leaving your seat. Alpaca is 40% warmer than wool. Look through our large range: baby wear, slippers, socks, duvets, hats, gloves and much more. Biggest selection of alpaca yarn in New Zealand. We hand spin our own alpaca fleeces, in natural colours no dyes used.
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Lord of The Rings Trilogy Movie Marathon
Introducing one movie marathon to rule them all... Come and join us in Aoraki/Mount Cook on Friday September 24th for a back to back showing of all three Lord of the Rings movies; The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two ...
Where: The Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Mt Cook, Mackenzie
Address: Terrace Road, Aoraki Mt Cook, Mackenzie
From: 7:30pm on Friday 24th September 2021
To: 1:00pm on Saturday 25th September 2021