Lake Tekapo Activities & Attractions

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

Lakeside Drive Lake Tekapo
P: +64 3 6806 550
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.

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Silver River Stargazing

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

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Tekapo Jet

Lakeside Drive Lake Tekapo
P: +64 22 634 6287  or 0800 835 538
Tekapo Jet will take you on a spectacular guided tour of Lake Tekapo giving you the unique opportunity to connect with New Zealand's most beautiful lake.


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.


Fraser Gunn Astrophotography

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


Air Safaris – Mt Cook & Glaciers

Village Centre & Airport Lake Tekapo
Freephone: 0800 806 880
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.

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Dark Sky Project– Stargazing & Observatory Experiences

Takapō (Tekapo) Lakefront

P: +64 3 680 6960

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.

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Mackenzie Alpine Horse Trekking

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

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Roundhill Ski Field

Lilybank Road
Lake Tekapo
Snowreport: +64 3 6806 977
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.


Tekapo Helicopters

Village Centre
Lake Tekapo
P: +64 3 6806 229
The only helicopter company operating out of Tekapo. Experience the awesome Mount Cook and Glaciers with each flight including a snow-landing. Spectacular scenery with friendly personalised service ensures that this is the trip of a lifetime!
To book, email us:


The Cook Connection – Mt Cook day trips

47 Sefton Street, Twizel
Freephone: 0800 266 526
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.


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.”


Tekapo Weddings & Events

Tekapo events is owned and operated by two of Lake Tekapo's own locals. There passion for the Mackenzie region and skills in wedding and event co-ordinating will help you create an amazing experience and life long memories of your special occasion. For more information see there website

Tekapo Weddings and Events
P +64 3 680 6990
PO Box 82
Lake Tekapo
New Zealand

Jane Staley 
M +64 27 434 4445

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Lakeside Drive Lake Tekapo
NZ Phone: (64) 3 6806 825
Fax: (64) 3 6806 824
0800 853 853

Reception Hours

8.30am-8.00pm Monday -Sunday
(Winter Hours)


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