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Lake Tekapo
A glacial lake on New Zealand’s South Island, Lake Tekapo is an adventurer’s playground by day—and a stargazer’s heaven at night. On a clear night, southern hemisphere constellations, plus the Milky Way and the southern lights, shine spectacularly in the UNESCO-listed Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.
 
The Basics
Lake Tekapo’s stellar scenery is best visible from the Mount John University Observatory. Look skyward to see the Southern Cross, Milky Way, Magellanic Clouds, and southern lights (aurora australis). The area is not just for stargazers: The nearby stone-built Church of the Good Shepherd is also stunning, views of Mount John and the fields of purple lupines are lovely, and outdoor activities abound. If it gets too chilly, warm up at Tekapo Springs and enjoy fantastic views of land and sky while you soak.
 
Many small-group and private Mount Cook day tours from Christchurch include Lake Tekapo, the Church of the Good Shepherd, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Lake Tekapo is a must for outdoors lovers and stargazers.
  • If walking or hiking the popular Summit Circuit Trek, wear sturdy shoes. And wear warm clothes in all seasons—it can get very cold at night.
  • Bring your swimsuit for a soak at Tekapo Springs.
  • Don’t forget your camera!
 
How to Get There
Lake Tekapo is a 3-hour drive from Christchurch, Dunedin, or Queenstown. Buses and shuttles regularly travel past the lake from several South Island locations.
 
When to Get There

Lake Tekapo’s personality changes seasonally. In summer (December to February/March), days are longer and average highs are around 68°F (20°C). In winter  (May/June to August), the trees have shed their leaves and the surrounding mountains have snow; average nighttime lows are below 36°F (2°C). Skiing, ice skating, and alpine trekking happen until around mid-spring.
 
Adventure Activities
There is a huge array of activities available around the lake. In addition to stargazing tours and hikes, there’s everything on offer from horse treks, kayaking, and biking in summer to skiing, snowboarding, and mountain trekking in winter. Don’t miss the geothermal Tekapo Springs, hot pools, and spas—especially when the temperature drops.
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Christchurch to Mount Cook Day Tour: One-WayBus & Minivan Tours

Christchurch to Mount Cook Day Tour: One-Way

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Take the scenic route from Christchurch to Mount Cook on a one-way narrated tour. Enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned coach as you admire magnificent scenery along the way. You’ll hear informative commentary from the driver-guide while traveling via Otago’s Canterbury Plains and make a photo stop at Lake Tekapo. Opt for an included 3-course buffet lunch at the Hermitage Hotel at the base of Aoraki/Mount Cook. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Dark Sky Experience

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Lake Tekapo from CHCH Private Tour for up to 5 peoplePrivate Sightseeing Tours

Lake Tekapo from CHCH Private Tour for up to 5 people

Lake Tekapo Escorted Private tour for up to 5 people• See Aoraki / Mt Cook from the shores of Lake Tekapo. • Large modern air conditioned vehicle w/ pure NZ lambs wood seat covers. • 100% pure lake water - the colour of the like you've never seen before• Your driver guide has 16 years experience taking people into the McKenzie Country - share his insights.***** No stress, we drive, you relax & enjoy. Perfect!*** Proud Member: ProGuidesNZ
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Ride a coach from Christchurch to Queenstown during a fully narrated sightseeing tour via Mount Cook village, situated at the base of New Zealand's tallest mountain. Other South Island highlights include the fertile farmlands of Otago’s Canterbury Plains, glacier-fed Lake Tekapo and the grandeur of the Southern Alps in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Opt for an included 3-course buffet lunch at the Hermitage Hotel. If you’d like, take a helicopter or ski-plane flight (own expense).
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Mount Cook to Christchurch One-Way Sightseeing TourBus & Minivan Tours

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View Franz Josef Glacier and experience a Milford Sound cruise on this 4-day semi-independent tour of New Zealand's South Island. You’ll travel by coach from Christchurch to Queenstown via the Canterbury Plains, Aoraki/Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo, then motor up the west coast to Greymouth before riding the TranzAlpine train on the return to Christchurch. Listen to narration on board as the driver highlights this scenic region from picturesque mountain peaks to deep fiords. Overnight accommodation and round-trip hotel transport are included.
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