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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  • Cute little church with amazing view. Nice environment to walk around and see some other views of the lake.  more »
  • Enjoyed the walk around the church and also the inside. Pretty wind place though!!! Lake shore is fantastic.  more »
  • It wasnt open but we got great views on a warm winters day. Sitting on the edge of the lake its usually a popular site, it really is a must do and with very few tourists in NZ we were lucky to get...  more »
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  • One of the beautiful and colourful place I’ve been to. Lavender fields and amazingly turquoise colored lake. Beautiful bridge and sunset. It was drizzling when I went, but a rainbow appeared and I got a rare shot of the lake with the rainbow. Can be quite cold due to the breeze and weather.
  • Classic church!! Very nice kowhai of very colours - pink, purple, light blue and so on all on the river banks. There is a arch bridge along the high way. Mountain ranges at back drop with lake between. Fantastic place to take photos. Nice!!!!
  • Lovely place with an amazing view. Quaint little church with a lovely backdrop. Only issue was the crowd. If you want to take some nice pictures, I'd recommend getting there early just after sunrise or just after the gates close and take pictures from afar. The backdrop of Tekapo lake is beautiful.
  • That iconic church beside the famous lake Tekapo and place to catch the stars if you are here at night. Can have a stroll along lake Tekapo with the beautiful waters. Decent amount of parking spaces but note there’s no toilet facilities here and there’s currently constructions here, so some parking spaces are closed.
  • it was a very lovely old church stood beside the blue waters of Lake Tekapo. The area can very rather crowded so taking pictures of it or with it can be quite hard. Worth your time to visit though and spending 1-2 hours exploring the area around

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