Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo

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Church Tourist Spot
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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  • We stayed just a few houses away from this gem and i still could not manage to get a lovely pic of the church. From the early am's buses full of tourists decend upon this place. Yes is is beautiful, y...  more »
  • When you see the pictures of the church and the lake in the back you really think it´ll be very beautiful. The lake yes but the church is average and more used for a photoshooting spot for Chinese. Al...  more »
  • Always come back for a look. Amazing how such a small building can create so much interest. if your luck it will be open and you can take a bit of time out.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Overly crowded place with rude tourists especially at night - Vying for photo spots and shouting for using lights to navigate the path after dark. If only everyone can peace out. Otherwise, it's a nice place to enjoy the church and the lake.
  • Great viewpoint. Better viewpoints of the lake around but this one is easiest to stop by.
  • Love this spot, the scenery is amazing. We have some lovely photos from here,
  • Beautiful little church on the shore of lake tekapo. Amazing place to sit and think of loved ones (especially as we was so far from home) beautiful clear water of lake tekapo behind. Can get very busy in warmer weather (which challenges to get a decent snap of the church with surroundings.

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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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