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Tekapo

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.

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  • DARK SKY PROJECT – Takapō (Tekapo)

    DARK SKY PROJECT – Takapō (Tekapo)

    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.

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    0800 327 5759 (Free call - only within NZ)
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    1 Motuariki Lane, Lake Tekapo 7999, New Zealand
  • GEM ALPACA FARM TOURS - Fairlie, Canterbury

    GEM ALPACA FARM TOURS - Fairlie, Canterbury

    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.

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    18 Nixons Road, Fairlie, Canterbury, New Zealand
  • LAKEFRONT LODGE BACKPACKERS - Lake Tekapo

    LAKEFRONT LODGE BACKPACKERS - Lake Tekapo

    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.

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    0800 853 853 (Free call - only within NZ)
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    2 Lakeside Drive, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
  • LAKE TEKAPO HOLIDAY HOMES - Lake Tekapo

    LAKE TEKAPO HOLIDAY HOMES - Lake Tekapo

    Mobile-friendly - Visit stunning Lake Tekapo and stay in our fully self-contained holiday homes. 50 homes to choose from and most have stunning views of the lake, mountains and starlit skies. From cosy cottages for couples to impressive executive homes accommodating up to eight, we have your ideal Tekapo accommodation solution. Explore the Legendary Mackenzie throughout the seasons and make lifetime memories.

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    8 Simpson Lane, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
  • LAKE TEKAPO MOTELS & HOLIDAY PARK - Lake Tekapo

    LAKE TEKAPO MOTELS & HOLIDAY PARK - Lake Tekapo

    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.

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    2 Lakeside Drive, Lake Tekapo, South Canterbury, New Zealand
  • TEKAPO SPRINGS - Lake Tekapo

    TEKAPO SPRINGS - Lake Tekapo

    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.

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    6 Lakeside Drive, Lake Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand
  • TEKAPO STAR GAZING - Tekapo

    TEKAPO STAR GAZING - Tekapo

    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.

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    6 Lakeside Dr, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
  • THE PACA SHACK - Fairlie, South Canterbury

    THE PACA SHACK - Fairlie, South Canterbury

    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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    18 Nixons Rd, Fairlie, New Zealand

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Winter and Astro Photography Tour - 10 Days

From: Sat 30th Jul 2022

You will start this spectacular tour by joining Glen Howey for an Astro Masterclass Workshop, based at Mt Cook. The village is located within the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, the world's second-best ...

Where: Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, Aoraki Mt Cook, Mackenzie
Address: Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, Aoraki Mt Cook, Mackenzie

From: 9:00am on Saturday 30th July 2022
To: 5:00pm on Monday 8th August 2022

Masquerade in the Alps: CANCELLED

From: Sat 17th Sep 2022

One of New Zealand’s most unique hotels, the Hermitage, Aoraki/Mount Cook, will host a memorable masquerade party on Saturday 17 September 2022. Set inside Mount Cook National Park in the heart of the South Island, ...

Where: The Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Mt Cook, Mackenzie
Address: Terrace Road, Aoraki Mt Cook, Mackenzie

From: 7:00pm on Saturday 17th September 2022
To: 12:00am on Sunday 18th September 2022

Mt Cook Landscape Masterclass Workshop - 4 Days

From: Sat 17th Sep 2022

Based at Mt Cook, our Landscape Masterclass Workshop is designed as an ideal programme to expand your skills as a landscape photographer. With Rob Brown and Richard Young as your tutors, you will learn to shoot a diverse ...

Where: The Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Mt Cook, Mackenzie
Address: Terrace Road, Aoraki Mt Cook, Mackenzie

From: 9:00am on Saturday 17th September 2022
To: 5:00pm on Tuesday 20th September 2022

NZ North and South Photography Tour - 12 Days

From: Thu 10th Nov 2022

You will start this spectacular tour by joining Glen Howey and Rob Brown for a 4-day Landscape Masterclass, based in the majestic Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, Our Landscape Masterclass Workshop is designed as an ideal ...

Where: Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, Aoraki Mt Cook, Mackenzie
Address: Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, Aoraki Mt Cook, Mackenzie

From: 9:00am on Thursday 10th November 2022
To: 5:00pm on Monday 21st November 2022

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Mainstay New Zealand Hotels

Mainstay NZ Hotels

Large collection of independent hotels.

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Choice Hotels

Holiday packages for any occasion.

Hawkdun Rise

Hawkdun Rise

Boutique vineyard-stay near the town of Alexandra.