Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo

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Experience the scenic surroundings of Lake Tekapo by visiting Church of the Good Shepherd, one of New Zealand's most famous and photographed churches. Dating back to the 1930s, the church sits on the shore of the lake and commemorates the pioneers of Mackenzie County. Recognizable by its unassuming yet charming design, the church blends with its natural surroundings and only locally available materials were used during its construction. Once inside, take in impressive views of the lake through the windows--deliberately left without stained glass for this very purpose. The church welcomes visitors and worshipers throughout the year. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Church of the Good Shepherd by using our Lake Tekapo itinerary planner.
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  • The church was built in 1935 by the shores of Lake Tekapo to serve the spiritual needs of the small local community. During the early morning and late afternoon it is a delightful place to visit. Howe...  more »
  • A famous postcard photo place. I went there late afternoon, too many people around. Very close to the main road. Should stop and take a look anyway.  more »
  • This is the smallest church I've ever visited, and had the backdrop of Lake Tekapo. However the bus loads of tourists made visiting the church as a worshipper very distracting. Thankfully there was a ...  more »
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  • Peaceful beautiful church with great view of Lake Tekapo. One of the most beautiful place in New Zealand and definitely the most photographed church in NZ. Given its fame, the place is packed with tourists most of the time. Just wish that the Asian tourists be more respectful to the peaceful environment around. If you don't like the crowd, suggest to drive to Mount John Observatory for the 360 panorama view of Tekapo.
  • Was locked, we were too early. It was peaceful and cold. Rabbit was quietly nibbling grass outside and wasn't scared of us.
  • Feels like you are surrounded by the comforting sounds. Good place to visit to find peace of mind.
  • What a nice lake's color also amzing scenery but There were a lot of people here
  • Very popular tourist spot. Nice church by Lake Tekapo. Worth a visit but can be very crowded.