The Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo

Experience the scenic surroundings of Lake Tekapo by visiting The 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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  • There is a small building next to Lake Tekapo, and it is worth noting that the building is a church and fits so well with the scenery. There is nothing special about it.
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  • Nice place to stroll around with your little one, but when I came the wind was quite strong (came early June). A lot of tourist in the area  more »
  • I visited it again for the first time in ten years. Last time, there weren't many people, so i was able to take pictures of the church easily, but this time there were so many people, and i was sure there were many people. The person who was doing the photography of the wedding was also serious.
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  • Small but beautiful little church. A quick viewing and close to town centre. Faithful collie statue is a few steps away. Lovely stroll along the lake. Good photo op. And can be an inspiring place for a prayer, if u do that sort of thing.
  • This church was our little break area whilst we were on the tour here. It was a very beautiful little area to have a look at and take pictures. I can see why they built a church here - the scenery kind of makes you sit and contemplate life etc. It's well worth a visit here. It's very pretty and I liked it.
  • Beautiful church. Very peaceful. I also wanted to see the violet flowers which I couldn’t maybe because I visited in June(start of winter). I could also see the Milky Way and stars in the night after 10pm. The sight was amazing breathtaking and no words to explain. Its a must see. It was cloudy so couldn’t view the aurora activities.
  • Definitely one of the photo-worthy spots at Lake Tekapo. Simple church yet active church for you to take photos with. The church doesn't allow photo taking inside, but standing at the door just right outside is fine. Definitely do visit this place at night again if you're keen to take photos of the stars at night; makes a great combo, but you can't go into the church at night.
  • I was there during January 2019, the Lake was so beautiful that it looks like a painting itself. The sky and the water are so blue and calm despite of the wind. Church of the Good Shepherd is a small chapel standing on the side of the lake . It took only 5 minutes just walking into the church and take a look, but if you stand beside it and feel yourself standing there with a clear starry night and the lake you can understand why the early explorers want to build a church at this spot.
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