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This turquoise lake often perfectly reflects the snow-capped mountains on every side.

Finely ground particles of rock brought down by the glaciers at the head of the lake and then held in suspension create ‘rock flour’, giving the waters their effervescent turquoise color.

The small town, with sweeping views, serves as a base on the route from Christchurch to Mount Cook.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Lake Tekapo

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Lake Tekapo, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Lake Tekapo

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    Places near Lake Tekapo

    Accommodation choices for Lake Tekapo

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Lake Tekapo. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Bedrooms at Ranginui

      Ranginui B&B

      First Class

      This impeccably decorated B&B is located within walking distance to Tekapo and boasts lake and mountain views from all bedrooms and the guest lounge.

    • Lake Tekapo Lodge, Lake Tekapo

      Lake Tekapo Lodge

      First Class

      Lake Tekapo Lodge is a boutique property with stunning views over Lake Tekapo and the mountains. It is within easy reach of Tekapo township and the famous Church of the Good Shepherd, with a footpath linking the lodge to the main road.