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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 colour.

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

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Suggested itinerary featuring Lake Tekapo

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Lake Tekapo, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Lake Tekapo

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    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.