Lake Tekapo Tours

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The turquoise-colored lake set among a mountain backdrop will wow you by day, but when the sun sets, the stars come out and give you another reason to love Lake Tekapo. 

Lake Tekapo is part of a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, making it a fabulous spot for stargazing, so be sure to save time to visit the Mount John Observatory. Residents work to reduce light pollution and the astronomical rewards are clear. The high-powered telescopes can provide a view of the sky like you’ve never seen before. If the timing is right, Mount John Observatory is also a great place to see the Southern Lights, the southern hemisphere’s version of the Northern Lights, which is best seen from April through September.

Tekapo Springs can warm you up after a chilly night of stargazing. With hot pools and spas, it’s all about relaxing, unless you are traveling with kids. Then it’s about the water slide, skating rink, tube park or a combination of them all. The Church of the Good Shepard is also a popular stopping point for visitors and photography buffs.

Practical Info

Christchurch International Airport is about a three-hour drive away. Mt Cook is only a short distance from Lake Tekapo, making combining the two into your busy itinerary an easier possibility. With just more than 300 residents, Lake Tekapo’s population can double overnight due to guest arrivals.
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Address: Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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Mount Cook Private Day Tour via Lake Tekapo including Lunch

Getting to Aoraki/Mount Cook from Christchurch is half the fun on this private day trip. Get a look at New Zealand’s tallest mountain and dig into a delicious buffet lunch at the Hermitage Hotel. Then take a walk in Mt. Cook National Park or stroll the village during free time. En route, admire gorgeous views from Lake Pukaki and make a stop at the alpine waters of Lake Tekapo.
  • Duration: 12 to 13 hrs
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US$244.90
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  • Duration: 12 to 13 hrs
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US$244.90

14-Day South Island Adventure Tour from Christchurch

Spend two full weeks exploring New Zealand's magnificent South Island witht his guided tour. You and your fellow travelers will get to experience the best of the island, including the thermal baths of Hanmer Springs, the seaside town of Picton, the glorious Abel Tasman National Park, and the stunning Franz Josef Glacier, as well as Queenstown, Lake Matheson, and Lake Tekapo. You’ll even have some free time to go bungee jumping, if the mood strikes!
  • Duration: 14 days
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US$2,185.90
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  • Duration: 14 days
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Christchurch to Queenstown via Mount Cook One-Way Tour

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).
  • Duration: 11 hours
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US$212.62
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Explore Mount Cook from Christchurch

Surround yourself with the snow-capped peaks of Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, on this day trip from Christchurch. Travel by coach past the foothills of the Southern Alps to the Canterbury Plains and the MacKenzie Basin; stop at Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukari; and enjoy views of Tasman Glacier. Enjoy lunch at the Hermitage Hotel in UNESCO-listed Mt Cook/Aoraki National Park. Includes round-trip hotel transport by coach with morning and afternoon tea.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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US$263.15
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  • Duration: 13 hours
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4-Day Great Southern Island Circle Tour from Christchurch

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.
  • Duration: 4 days
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US$1,175.40
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  • Duration: 4 days
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Christchurch to Mount Cook One-Way Tour

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.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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US$153.68
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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3-Day South Island Circle Tour from Christchurch

See the highlights of New Zealand's scenic South Island on this 3-day semi-independent tour, round-trip from Christchurch. Traveling by coach and train, you’ll stop in UNESCO-listed Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park and Queenstown, travel up the west coast to Franz Josef Glacier, and visit the Gold Rush town of Greymouth, then board the homeward-bound TranzAlpine train across the Southern Alps and past the Canterbury Plains. Listen to informative onboard commentary and enjoy two nights’ accommodation as you explore the sights independently.
  • Duration: 3 days
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US$929.80
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  • Duration: 3 days
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Scenic 4WD Tour Lake Tekapo Backcountry

Explore Tekapo's backcountry wilderness on a Scenic 4WD Tour, offering private access into some of The Mackenzie's most beautiful High Country Stations. Discover the impressive natural beauty beyond Tekapo lakefront for unique photography opportunities, educational commentary and an incredible High Country experience situated in the heart of New Zealand's iconic scenery.  Remote Backcountry 4WD High Country Station Tour through Braemar StationStunning and unique views of Mt Cook & Mt Tasman, The Main Divide & Lake Pukaki & The Ben Ohau MountainsBreathtaking scenery of New Zealand’s most impressive landscapesEducational information on the area’s unique landforms & species & ecology within The MackenzieFeed farm animals such as Sheep, Angus Cattle & Red DeerRefreshments & Home Made Snacks
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$126.31
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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6-Day South Island Southern Heritage Tour from Christchurch

Experience a 6-day semi-independent tour by coach and train around the scenic South Island, traveling round-trip from Christchurch. Stop at Mount Cook, take a Milford Sound cruise and spend a free day in Queenstown, then journey to Pukerangi and cross into Dunedin aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway. Enjoy a guided tour of the Otago Peninsula and royal albatross colony before returning to Christchurch. Transportation, sightseeing tours and hotel accommodation are all included.
  • Duration: 6 days
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US$1,402.76
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  • Duration: 6 days
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4-Day South Island Southern Discovery Tour from Christchurch

Spend three nights in Queenstown on this 4-day semi-independent tour of the scenic South Island. You’ll travel round-trip from Christchurch by narrated coach via Lake Tekapo and Aoraki/Mount Cook, with a full day of free time to spend at your leisure in New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital.’ Experience all the highlights along the way, including a Milford Sound cruise on the majestic fiord.
  • Duration: 4 days
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US$901.73
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  • Duration: 4 days
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12 Day Ultimate South Island Tour - Private - Fully Guided

This 12 Day South Island private vacation will have you fall in love with the South Island of New Zealand and show you what this beautiful island has to offer.  We’ll explore the rebuilt city of Christchurch, kayak in a National park, whale watch and cruise on the oldest steam ship in New Zealand. And that is not all! This itinerary is full of experiences that you will remember for a lifetime, all while riding in the comfort of your own vehicle with a very knowledgeable, experienced Driver/Guide.
  • Duration: 12 days
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US$4,195.48
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  • Duration: 12 days
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12 Day South Island Adrenalin Junkie Tour

Starting from Christchurch, we will take you on an adrenalin-fueled South Island experience that is bursting with optional activities to get your blood pumping. We include two days in Queenstown to maximise the rush. It all starts at 8am at our Haka accommodation in Christchurch and ends around 9am on day 12 in Wellington. As with all our tours, we do include a few 'must-do' events, ranging from a pounamu pendant carving experience, and the chance to paddle a waka (Māori canoe) with your group. We have a massive range of optional activities available to add, from bungy jumping and dolphin swimming to jet boating and scenic flights. None of these are compulsory; just add the ones you want. Simply let your tour guide know.  As the tour starts early in the morning, you can opt to stay at our Haka accommodation in Christchurch the night before the tour – only having to walk downstairs on the day the tour starts makes for a stress free morning.
  • Duration: 12 days
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US$1,583.20
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  • Duration: 12 days
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8 Day South Island Highlights Tour - Private - Fully Guided

This 8 Day private vacation will have you fall in love with the South Island of New Zealand as you experience the higlights of this beautiful island  We will explore the rebuilt city of Christchurch, hike on a glacier, sample beautiful New Zealand wines and experience the iconic Shotover Jetboat. And that is not all! This itinerary is full of experiences that you will remember for a lifetime, all while travelling in the comfort of an exclusive vehicle to your group, with a very knowledgeable, experienced Driver/Guide.
  • Duration: 8 days
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US$3,146.58
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  • Duration: 8 days
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7 Day South Island Lick Tour

Starting and ending in the “Garden City” of Christchurch, we show you the ultimate highlights of New Zealand’s stunning South Island over 7 action-packed days. From turquoise lakes to towering mountains and glaciers, the South Island’s scenery will blow your mind, and the nation’s adventure capital, Queenstown, has all the adrenalin activities on offer that you could possibly wish for. Included in your tour is a unique opportunity to carve your very own pounamu (greenstone) pendant with local carvers on the West Coast. Activities can be pre-booked or purchased on the road - just let your tour guide know. We can't always guarantee availability when booking on the road, so we suggest pre-booking any activities you especially want to do. As the tour starts early in the morning, you can opt to book accommodation in Christchurch with us the night before the tour – only having to walk downstairs on day 1 makes for a stress-free morning.
  • Duration: 7 days
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US$938.19
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  • Duration: 7 days
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