Lake Tekapo Activities

Lake Tekapo is the popular halfway stop to break up the drive from Christchurch to Queenstown. You can enjoy the stunning scenery and take a walk over the new designer bridge crossing the old lake exit to the Church of the Good Shepherd and the sheepdog memorial. This is a great opportunity to take in the sights and enjoy the spectacular lake and mountain views surrounding this location. Lake Tekapo is a great getaway destination in its own right with plenty of things to keep you busy, with walking tracks, skiing, jet boating, scenic flights, bike trails and golf. Most of all it has a new Dark Sky Observatory which provides for some stunning star gazing opportunities.

Active

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is New Zealand in all its colour and beauty – from our highest mountains, past great lakes and rivers, and down to the ocean. Suitable for all ages, the 9 section bike trail is an easy to intermediate grade, linking the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean.

Roundhill Ski Area

Roundhill Ski Area

Ski or snowboard in the heart of the South Island of New Zealand. Roundhill is a fantastic family ski field with breathtaking views of Aoraki/Mt Cook, the Southern Alps and Lake Tekapo.

Sightseeing

Air Safaris

Air Safaris

Air Safaris at Lake Tekapo provide 'Grand Traverse' scenic flights over some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery. The 50-minute flights pass over Aoraki/Mt Cook and Westland national parks, 12 major glaciers, the highest peaks in Oceania and the subtropical rainforests of the South Island's West Coast.

Dark Sky Project

Dark Sky Project

Takapo is one of the quietest spots on the planet yet it has one of the busiest night skies in the universe. The Dark Sky Project operates in the heart of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, the largest Dark Sky Reserve in the world and the first to obtain gold status. Thousands come from around the world each year to discover, to reflect and to be inspired by the skies above.

Relaxing

Tekapo Springs

Tekapo Springs

Tekapo Springs is dedicated to lifting your spirits by providing the ultimate in relaxation and recreation amongst the natural beauty of a pristine, alpine environment. Located in beautiful Lake Tekapo in the heart of New Zealand's incredible South Island, the award-winning complex offers the perfect combination of exciting and relaxing activities, 364 days per year. From their prime location at the base of Mount John, enjoy supreme views of iconic Lake Tekapo and the mountain ranges beyond.

Eating

Reflections Cafe and Restaurant

Reflections Café and Restaurant

Reflections Restaurant on the shores of Lake Tekapo is a restaurant/café specialising in superb New Zealand cuisine. Indoor and alfresco dining and the attentive friendly service set the scene for a dining experience second to none.