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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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 - 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 - 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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