Lake Tekapo Activities

Our most recommended Lake Tekapo Activities

Mount Cook & Lake Tekapo Day Tour from Christchurch

1. Mount Cook & Lake Tekapo Day Tour from Christchurch

Experience dramatic glacier lakes, snow-capped mountains, and beautiful alpine walks on a small-group day trip from Christchurch. After pick-up from your hotel, journey to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, located a 4 hours' drive through spectacular and breathtaking landscapes. Visit the historic town of Geraldine. Then discover the heart of Mackenzie Country, the captivatingly turquoise Lake Tekapo, the iconic Church of Good Shepherd, and the well-recognized statue of Sheepdog. Travel through Lake Pukaki and admire stunning views of Mt. Cook from a distance. Enjoy a short scenic hike in the National Park to view the 23.5kms long Tasman Glacier which is the longest glacier in New Zealand. On your return journey, visit the Alpine Lavender Farm and capture some beautiful moments in the pristine environment.

Tekapo: Indoor Māori Heritage and Astronomy Experience

2. Tekapo: Indoor Māori Heritage and Astronomy Experience

Delight in a Big Bang of awe and inspiration at the Dark Sky Experience, where science, tatai aroraki (Maori astronomy), and fascinating multimedia installations are brought together for a sensual treat. Change your outlook on the universe in the best way possible on this 45-minute guided tour. Enjoy your guide's thought-provoking, educational, and entertaining commentary at this truly unique place. During your tour, get up close to the newly-restored Brashear telescope, one of the world's most famous Victorian telescopes. A must-do for all visitors to Lake Tekapo, this immersive daytime experience is a place for people to connect, to discover, and to be inspired, with the aim of empowering others to make a difference to dark sky preservation.

Other Sightseeing Options in Lake Tekapo

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What people are saying about Lake Tekapo

It was the best excursion I could do through GYG! Our guide, Anujk, was top notch! The fact of being in a small group (instead of 50 million people as for other excursions) was very appreciable and pleasant and allows us to create links more easily. The landscapes were breathtaking and our guide (who was also our driver) had an impeccable driving. We did not see the 10h pass!

This tour was absolutely wonderful, so worth all the travelling! Our tour guide was so friendly and knowledgeable which made the travelling part of the journey. All the stops are thought ahead and you have plenty of time in each place to enjoy it all! A perfect way to see what the South Island has to offer!

Amazing time, Anuj was excellent full of knowledge and so accomodating to everyone’s needs. This was the highlight of our trip, and a must see tour of the South Island.

wonderful guide anujk and always with the good energy, thank you greetings from Tahiti

A well planned, enjoyable day. Guide was wonderful, kind and informative.