Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

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Lake Tekapo Guide: Spend Less, Do More

Welcome to Lake Tekapo

View of Lake TekapoLocated in the far north of the South Island of New Zealand, is the town of Lake Tekapo. The town was once a mere stop off for visitors on their way to Mount Cook; however, more recently it has become a fast growing tourist destination in its own right.

The town of Tekapo is situated in Mackenzie County and offers visitors to the area a great selection of accommodation that includes resorts, motels, bed and breakfasts, cottages, holiday homes and apartments.

Top Things in Tekapo

Even though the Mackenzie Basin is one of most arid parts of the region, it still has a rich mixture of green rolling hills and vast mountain ranges.

Alpine Springs provides a choice of three hot pools, ranging in temperature from 36 to 40o C. There is also a day spa offering steam rooms and massage treatments.

The landscape can be explored on horse trekking tours. There is a range of treks to choose from, covering varying lengths and terrains.

Parks and the Great Outdoors

Lake Tekapo at SunsetThe town of Tekapo is located in the midst of a chain of three lakes, all in a spectacular shade of blue that results from glacial melt. The lakes and their crystal clear waters have become the main attraction in this part of New Zealand, which is also well known to astronomers for having one of the clearest night skies in the world, offering premium star viewing opportunities. Travellers here will not want to miss a visit to the Mt. John Observatory.

Tekapo Hotels and Accommodation

Though apparently a small town, visitors will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of accommodation available. Tekapo accommodation choices include traditional motels, bed and breakfasts and hotels, as well as a variety of holiday homes and backpacker specials. There are many cheap hotels in Tekapo that are certain to provide first time or repeat visitors with a great experience.

Getting around by car

Christchurch to Tekapo: 3 h 10 min (244.3 km) via SH 1

Queenstown to Tekapo: 3 h 20 min (274.9 km) via State Highway 8

Picton to Tekapo: 7 h 15 min (574.0 km) via SH 1

Accommodation, driving and car rental

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