Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo
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  • Jun N
    Sungai Buloh, Malaysia11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing View
    Amazing view. Feels like want to stay there forever!!! We stay at Fairlie and drive to Lake Tekapo. It takes around 30 minutes driving. At night at Lake Tekapo we can see a superb view of Stars Gazing. Very very amazing view that could not find at other place. Overall we are very satisfied our visit there. If got chances, we surely want to repeat it again and again!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 September 2023
  • guennie3
    Cambridge, United Kingdom421 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lake Tekapo beautiful but touristy
    Lake Tekapo is beautiful and the Church of the Good Shepherd is worth a photo. There are lupins everywhere in bloom in spring. But this is very much a tourist destination and Lake Pukaki is every bit as beautiful without the souvenir shops.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 November 2023
  • PayneFamily4
    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unimaginable Beauty
    One of the most wonderful views ever. The Church of the Good Shepard is amazing and looking at it from the front with the lake in the background touches your soul. A perfect stop to break up the drive from Christchurch to Wanaka.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 December 2023
  • Laura
    Christchurch, New Zealand15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views
    Lake Tekapo, a beautiful lake with crystal blue waters that creates the most beautiful backdrop for photos. Nice and peaceful, plenty of parking, and a nice park for our wee boy to walk around and enjoy the views. A must stop spot for photo lovers, or lovers of beautiful waters. The Church is gorgeous too.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 December 2023
  • AJ
    San Francisco, California332 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Stay in December
    Gorgeous. Well worth a night if you have the time in your itinerary. We spent a night in early December and enjoyed the lupin flowers. I would recommend going early or later in the day to get less crowds at the area by the church. Further away from the church was less crowded and also lovely. To enjoy the incredible blue waters. We enjoyed our night in Tekapo. Really enjoyed ice cream from the food cart Serendipity. And I appreciated that it broke up the drive between Mount Cook and Christchurch.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 January 2024
  • MissHK2009
    Hong Kong, China5,809 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tranquility
    We stayed 2 nights here before heading to Mt Cook. We took an intercity bus from Christchurch to reach here directly. The area is cozy with many beautiful lupin flowers. There are one supermarket, some souvenir shops and restaurants although the restaurants are not that good. Don't expect good cuisine like Queenstown.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 January 2024
  • Sue B
    Weybridge, United Kingdom120 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful views
    Stayed in a lodge overlooking the lake which is beautiful & scenic. Very touristy village nearby & unless you are prepared to spend a lot of money on activities there is not much else. Good walks by the lake & we catered for ourselves. Food outlets expensive & 1 supermarket on village for supplies. The weather was cloudy so unfortunately didn’t see much of the night sky as we would have liked, our hosts had supplied a night sky map & suggested we didn’t need to spend money at the observatory. We were there 3 nights but 2 would have been enough. There is a planet trail by the lake but sadly most of them were unreadable.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 January 2024
  • Davinia H
    152 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Alpine oasis
    Lake Tekapo is a beautiful oasis of contrasts! From the dry, brown hills, the turquoise water to the stunning mountain peaks dusted with snow! The architectural style of this delightful town is very alpine inspired. Just BEAUTIFUL
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 February 2024
  • Janka K
    Brno, Czech Republic8,172 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most blue water that I have seen at any lake
    I hadn't seen more blue water at any lake before. This is a really beautiful place worth of stopping. To enjoy the lake, you will either stop by at some parking lot and then hike a bit around, or you will just drive around the lake in your car, since the main road passes the lake anyway. The place is quite windy, so count with this fact in advance, especially if you e.g. have a hat, as I had.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 February 2024
  • JHMTTL
    Woodbine, Maryland1,795 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Views of Lake Tekapo
    We stopped at Lake Tekapo enroute from Christchurch to Mt. Cook for lunch. The views of the lake were amazing. The color of the lake is unlike anything I have seen before. We walked around part of the lake, toured the old church and the observatory on the mountain. Try some ice cream at the Cafe adjacent to the observatory.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 March 2024
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JaneMLondon
London131 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Camped at Lakes Edge Holiday Park - very good - and walked along the lake front to the Church, which is a nice walk. It's a great view but don't expect peace and quiet as it is very busy with visitors. When we were there you couldn't go in the church but you can see the view without that.
Written 16 May 2024
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WilsonFamilyNz
Pleasant Point, New Zealand683 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Great place for a Day trip or a weekend, boating on the lake or walking the beaten trail
Good clean toilets and shops for a drink or Souvenir.
Plenty to do
Written 29 April 2024
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Julie W
81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Stunning view of The Church of Good Shepherd and the Lake Tekapo. The volunteer staff at the church were warm and welcoming. However, it was disconcerting and ludicrous to find you had to pay to go to the toilets in the park. Not ideal when you have no warning and you are desperate. Other travellers were not impressed either!
Written 7 April 2024
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Journey184186
Wilmington, DE7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Nice stop between Peel Forrest/Geraldine but would recommend just stopping, checking it out and moving on to the next location. Would have been great to see the stars but both nights ended up overcast and observatory closes at 4pm. There are some hikes in the area if you are a hiker, but for sight seeing, can get it done pretty quick. Lake is beautiful!
Written 6 April 2024
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Julia @Scrumptious Solent
Southampton, UK4,156 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Stunning lake to walk around and take a few photos. Theres acafe and toilets at the main car park and you can walk round the bay to Pines Beach which is much quieter and good fit long distance photos
Written 26 March 2024
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JHMTTL
Woodbine, MD1,795 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We stopped at Lake Tekapo enroute from Christchurch to Mt. Cook for lunch. The views of the lake were amazing. The color of the lake is unlike anything I have seen before. We walked around part of the lake, toured the old church and the observatory on the mountain. Try some ice cream at the Cafe adjacent to the observatory.
Written 15 March 2024
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Janka K
Brno, Czech Republic8,172 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
I hadn't seen more blue water at any lake before. This is a really beautiful place worth of stopping.
To enjoy the lake, you will either stop by at some parking lot and then hike a bit around, or you will just drive around the lake in your car, since the main road passes the lake anyway.
The place is quite windy, so count with this fact in advance, especially if you e.g. have a hat, as I had.
Written 24 February 2024
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Davinia H
Launceston, Australia152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Lake Tekapo is a beautiful oasis of contrasts! From the dry, brown hills, the turquoise water to the stunning mountain peaks dusted with snow! The architectural style of this delightful town is very alpine inspired. Just BEAUTIFUL
Written 22 February 2024
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Sue B
Weybridge, UK120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Stayed in a lodge overlooking the lake which is beautiful & scenic. Very touristy village nearby & unless you are prepared to spend a lot of money on activities there is not much else. Good walks by the lake & we catered for ourselves. Food outlets expensive & 1 supermarket on village for supplies. The weather was cloudy so unfortunately didn’t see much of the night sky as we would have liked, our hosts had supplied a night sky map & suggested we didn’t need to spend money at the observatory. We were there 3 nights but 2 would have been enough. There is a planet trail by the lake but sadly most of them were unreadable.
Written 23 January 2024
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Paul B
Chesterfield, UK1,647 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Wow , what a blue lake. The colour is almost unbelievable. You will not stop taking photos. The scenery around the lake is amazing. Highly recommended
Written 20 January 2024
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