Lake Tekapo Motels and Holiday Park and the Lakefront Lodge Backpackers is a great base for enjoying the endless activities the Tekapo area has to offer, and our affordable accommodation options enable you to splash out on some truly amazing experiences to make your stay in New Zealand memorable. We sell tickets for our local attractions including Earth & Sky, Air Safaris, Tekapo Helicopters and Mackenzie House Trekking. For booking information, please email us:

In the summer months (December – March) our lakeside Holiday Park and Backpackers offers easy access to the great boating and water-based activities that make Lake Tekapo a favorite destination. Activities such as water-skiing, jet boating, wake boarding, swimming and fishing have kept our regulars coming back to our holiday park for years. The large open spaces in the Mackenzie Basin offer many possibilities for mountain biking, horse trekking, golfing, hunting, trekking, day trips and gentle walks. Tekapo Springs has the exciting Trippo slide offering hours of fun for kids of all ages.

In winter (June – August) the Roundhill Ski Field provides a great family ski area just a 40 minute drive from our camp grounds following the shores of the lake. We also have a ice skating rink and snow tubing right next door and for the ultimate in relaxation Tekapo Springs have hot pools and pampering. So well worth a visit.

Below is a list of just some of the activities available in the Lake Tekapo area.


Tekapo Springs

Located right next to the Holiday park is the magnificent Tekapo Springs – Hot pools, Ice Skating rink, Tubing, Trippo Slide, cafe and a day spa gives plenty of fun for everyone in the family.

Lakeside Drive Lake Tekapo
P: +64 3 6806 550

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Tekapo Stargazing

Located at the Tekapo Springs, Tekapo Star Gazing is the only guided hot pools and star gazing experience in New Zealand. The tour combines the stunning Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve with their soul-warming hot pools - soak while you stargaze!


Tekapo Adventures

Tekapo Adventures provide Scenic 4WD Tours, offering you the opportunity to experience The Outstanding Natural Landscapes of The Mackenzie Country, accessed through private High Country Stations surrounding Lake Tekapo.

P: +64 20 4156 4900

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Silver River Stargazing

Established in 2018, Silver River™ Stargazing is an affordable, community-minded business that offers authentic Kiwi experiences in our own backyard. Our tours were developed to ensure that our adventures are comfortable, exciting and affordable for all regardless of their budget. We’re on a mission to bring the very best experiences to anyone who visits or lives in the Mackenzie.

48a D’Archiac Drive (Next to Balmoral Farmyard & Shop)
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand 7945
P: 0800 STARGAZE (782 742)  |  +64 (03) 680 6866


Lake Tekapo Regional Park

Lilybank Road LakeTekapo. The newest of Environment Canterbury’s Regional Parks. You can experience walking and cycling trails, access to the lakeside for swimming and kayaking and; cross country skiing during the winter months. There are also numerous picnic spots throughout the park.


The Cairns Golf Course

Mt John Historic Homestead, State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo. The 9 hole Cairns Golf Course originates at the stables – Le Stables – of the historic Mount John Station. A small shop operates from Le Stables and in addition to providing club hire to those who travel light, the shop also displays and sells a stunning range of clothing, textiles and products, many of which are from the sheep and alpaca on the neighbouring Balmoral Station.Green fees:$20 9 holes $30 18 holes. Club and cart hire available.


Air Safaris – Mt Cook & Glaciers

Air Safaris’ Grand Traverse is the recognised premier Mount Cook and Glaciers flight seeing experience. This magnificent 200km round trip from Air Safaris’ Lake Tekapo airport encompasses New Zealand’s most spectacular alpine scenery, highest mountains & largest glaciers.

Village Centre & Airport Lake Tekapo
Freephone: 0800 806 880


Fraser Gunn Astrophotography

Fraser offers a night photography workshop where you can experience taking photos through different telescopes made for Astrophotography or learn about wide angle astrophotoraphy of the Tekapo night sky using a timed exposure or time-lapse photography techniques.

11 Scott Street, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Phone 03 6806233 | 021 2307675

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Dark Sky Project– Stargazing & Observatory Experiences

Dark Sky Project offer a range of stargazing and observatory experiences at exclusive locations in this world-renowned stargazing destination. Stunning surrounds, pristine night skies, premier destinations, expert guides and astrophotographers make Dark Sky Project the ultimate place to reflect, to discover and to be inspired.

Takapō (Tekapo) Lakefront
+64 3 680 6960

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Roundhill Ski Field

The family ski area with all day sun, parking beside the slope, hugely productive snowmaking system, perfectly groomed trails, great ski & board school and rentals department, licensed restaurant and breathtaking views of Mt Cook and the Southern Alps.

Lilybank Road, Lake Tekapo
+64 3 6806 977

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Mackenzie Alpine Horse Trekking

Enjoy on horseback, the tussock grasslands, glacial lakes and forests of the Mackenzie High Country at Lake Tekapo or take part in “The Lake Stroll NZ”, an adventure hike over 3 famous Merino Sheep Stations with massive views of Aoraki Mount Cook.

Godley Peaks Road
Lake Tekapo
Freephone: 0800 628 269
To book, email us:


The Cook Connection – Mt Cook day trips

Daily service between Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook. Also Services to Oamaru and Dunedin. We offer a relaxed transport service with informative commentary, photo opportunities and sight seeing stops. Hop on and off wherever you choose.

47 Sefton Street, Twizel
Freephone: 0800 266 526


Church of the Good Shepard

The Church of the Good Shepherd is situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo amongst the natural beauty of the lake and the mountains. The Church of the Good Shepherd was built to the glory of God as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie Country. The famous sheep dog statue on the lake’s edge is in memory of the hardy mustering dogs “without the help of which the grazing of this mountainous country would be impossible.”


Bespoke Bike Tours Lake Tekapo

Bespoke Bike Tours provide bicycle hire, Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail support, shuttles, vehicle relocation, luggage transfers, bicycle repairs/servicing, and support for Te Araroa walkers. From self guided tours around the gorgeous lake to 2-day guided tours, there is something for everyone to see and explore the Mackenzie Region.

16 Murray Place, Tekapo
+64 (0) 21 151 3742

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Boothy's Fishing School

"After a long hard fight the fish appeared out of the depths violently shaking it’s head it certainly wasn’t done yet. With another explosive 50m run we were starting to wonder if this fish would ever give up. A few minutes later the fish started to tire and before too long it was in the net, what a buzz it had been. A 31.5lb rainbow trout lay at the bottom of the net everyone involved was “over the moon” what a rush it had been."

This is the kind of experience that anglers the world over travel to Tekapo and Twizel for to have a chance at catching one these world class trophy trout. If learning the techniques to catch these monsters sounds like you then get in touch and book a trip.

Boothy's Fishing School
Lake Tekapo
New Zealand 
+64 21 116 1950


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