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. Put Lake Tekapo into our Lake Tekapo vacation route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • It was one of the most beautiful place we have ever been to. With the chapel of the Good Sheppard at a slightly elevated position on the side to give it a sense of scale, you can simply just sit there...  more »
  • This lake is such a beautiful lake with the church of the good shepherdand the Mackenzie shep dog statue right next to it.  more »
  • Great to walk around. The water is clean and beautiful. Some parts it is even turquoise in colour. Recommend you walk near the church of the good shepherd bridge to see how nice the water is. Good pho...  more »

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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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