Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo

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. Plan my trip to Lake Tekapo with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • October 11, 2017
    It's only worth going if you are in Tekapo as is simply a small chuch situated by the lake with a million dollar view. Great photo shots location.  more »
  • October 11, 2017
    But theres neighboors that don't like tourists. The New Zealand government should look on the xenophobia situation or the tourism business will end in New Zealand.  more »
  • October 9, 2017
    This charming church sits on the shore of Lake Tekapo. It appears to be the most popular tourist spot in town. It takes patience to find a momentous photograph it while not surrounded by people. This ...  more »
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  • September 17, 2017
    Historic place with awesome view. The lake and mountains in the background adds to the holiness of the overall place. You will see lots of night photographer hanging around the church to take a snap of the galaxy with the church.
  • June 11, 2017
    Do you like Churches? Neither do I but this one will bedazzle you. Set in a very nice area of town complimented by a gorgeous backdrop of awe inspiring scenery is this lovely and charming church. For a non-lover of churches, this one is special probably because its a very photogenic church with a lot of appeal. Very worthy of your time and visit.
  • August 17, 2017
    The church itself is pretty beautiful. But together with lake tekapo and the right times and angle you will be amaze by the beauty you can see here!! Put this into your bucket list ASAP!
  • September 15, 2017
    A beautiful place, a place of solace and prayer. God bless the souls who built it. A must visit place in Lake Tekapo.
  • June 19, 2017
    You definitely need to go inside to seat for a while. The view is so spectacular. Listening to the sound and enjoy the view, you will feel so peaceful.

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Where to stay in Lake Tekapo

Because of its humble size, the small town of Lake Tekapo has a limited amount of accommodations. That said, among the available lodgings you'll find a good variety of options, from scenic resorts and cottages to youth hostels and budget accommodations. Motels provide a good option along the side of the roads leading to and from the town.
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