Lake Tekapo, Lake Tekapo

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For some outdoor adventure, head to Lake Tekapo, where the dark blue water and snow-capped peaks provide an ideal setting for a range of nature activities. Hike, horseback ride, or mountain bike along trails around the lake and through the surrounding mountains. The mountains also provide great skiing, heli-skiing, and rock climbing. In warmer weather, swimmers, windsurfers, and boaters flock to the lake's calm waters. Visit the bronze sheepdog statue for a glimpse into the local history and the importance of sheep farming to the community. Plan my trip to Lake Tekapo with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • October 11, 2017
    This is a gorgeous lake. The water is simply stunning, in many areas having a color that rivals the blue of the Caribbean. There are many lookout areas as you drive around it so you can stop and take ...  more »
  • October 11, 2017
    This place is amazing, in the afternoon is calm and relax, you can enjoy that lake for all the day without get bored. In the night is amazing, you can see datails and even the Milkway. Its really a gr...  more »
  • October 11, 2017
    If you can avoid this place, do so. There are much nicer places all over the south island that offer more than just the scenery. The small township does have a few shops and eateries but they were ter...  more »

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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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