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Lake Tekapo

4.3
Bodies of Water · Churches · Nightlife
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks. The small township on the banks of the huge, misty-blue lake is surrounded by stunning scenery, including the Southern Alps and the dazzling night sky. Popular Lake Tekapo itineraries include trekking along well-established paths in the Mackenzie Basin and scenic flights above the hills and valleys. The Maori name "Tekapo," when deconstructed, translates as "sleeping mat" (taka) and "night" (po). Make Lake Tekapo central to your New Zealand travel plans using our New Zealand online itinerary planner.
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Water Body
Lake Tekapo
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Church
The Church of the Good Shepherd
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Thermal Spa
Tekapo Springs
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Observation Deck
Mount John University Observatory
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Lake Tekapo

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Outdoor Activity
Aoraki/Mt. Cook Mt. Cook Village
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Water Body
Lake Pukaki Canterbury Region
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Observatory
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre Mt. Cook Village
3.2
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Lake Tekapo

Monument
Mackenzie Sheep Dog Statue
2.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
Mount John Summit Circuit Track
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Outdoor Activity
AquaNorts
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Winter Sports in Lake Tekapo

Ski Area
Roundhill Ski Area
4.6
Duration: 8 hours

Nature in Lake Tekapo

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Water Body
Lake Alexandrina
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Trails in Lake Tekapo

Hiking Trail
Peninsula Walkway
3.7
Duration: 2 hours

Places to visit with Lake Tekapo

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