Lake Tekapo New Zealand

Spectacular Lake Tekapo is surrounded by a golden tussock and snow-capped mountain landscape unrivalled in New Zealand. The lake was originally a glacial valley and its stunning turquoise-blue colour originates from glacial sediment. There are two major glacier run-offs and six major rivers which run into the lake.

Situated to the north of the Mackenzie Basin, the lake is 32 km long, 2000 feet above sea level, and 120 metres deep at its deepest part. There is one island in the middle. Lake Tekapo is located in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island.

It is approximately halfway between Christchurch and Queenstown, and is close to Mt Cook, the highest peak in New Zealand. Whether it’s winter or summer, there are numerous activities to partake in:

  • Horse trekking
  • Scenic flights in helicopters and fixed wing aircraft
  • Golf
  • Hunting
  • Ice skating
  • Skiing / snowboarding
  • Heli-skiing
  • Mountain bike riding
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • 4 wheel drive safaris
  • Star watching

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A surreal view to wake up to each morning.

The Church Of Good Shepherd has been perched next to the Lake for over 70 years.