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Stargazer’s Luxury Retreat

For those who fancy a luxury escape; Stargaze the Milky Way from your own luxury outdoor bath, then come inside to a toasty warm fire. Enjoy the comfort of a king size bed with luxury linen, looking directly through to the lake and mountains beyond. In the bathroom, relax in our freestanding bath or enjoy a rain shower for two. Lounge in our luxury 100% wool beanbags from the living area which opens up completely to take in unobstructed views of the lake and mountains. This is paradise.

$221 per night
  1. Private room
  2. Lake Tekapo
"La Casa"Twin Room 2, Near Lake/Church/Town Center

-Host, John or Rosie stays in the house. -Lockable private room-2 with two timber single beds, shared bathroom, kitchen, living area.etc. -Handy to The Good Shepherd Church, Lake Shore/Town Center/4-Square Supermarket/Restaurants/Cafe,etc. Easy access to Highway and InterCity Bus stop. - Outdoor space and lovely big garden -Plenty of free car parking spaces inside the premises and on the street. -Unlimited internet. -Newly upgraded and fully equipped Kitchen.Guests can cook. -Self check-in.

$35 per night
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  2. Lake Tekapo
Kentmere Cottage - fully fenced & dog friendly

This modern, sunny cottage is located in the heart of Tekapo. Situated on a quiet, fully fenced rear section with the lake front at the bottom of the driveway and only a few minutes walk to the Church of the Good Shepard and the village centre. The lovely living area opens out onto a large deck with a beautiful secluded outdoor bathtub!! Soak and star-gaze to your heart's content on clear frosty nights, and then keep cosy inside around the log fire.

$192 per night

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Tekapo Cabin Garden Bungalow
$36 per night
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Cass Crib
$138 per night
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Mack 'n' Tosh West
$108 per night
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Sky View with Stunning Outdoor Bath.
$149 per night
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TekapoB2 Lakeview Apartment, breathtaking views
$130 per night
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Black Beech House with luxury cedar outdoor bath.
$143 per night
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Lake Lodge
$178 per night
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Alpine View Apartment #3
$131 per night
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SEALY STREET STUDIO
$113 per night
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Nordic Escape
$134 per night
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Milky Way
$98 per night
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Antair Lakeview King Bedroom #3 (Adult Only)
$88 per night

Your guide to Lake Tekapo

All About Lake Tekapo

In the middle of New Zealand’s South Island, nestled in the Mackenzie Basin, is Lake Tekapo — a tiny town sitting on the shores of one of the country’s bluest lakes. The highlight of Lake Tekapo is, of course, the stunning glacier-fed lake with its eye-catching milky-turquoise hue. It’s a scene that becomes even more striking set against dense sage forest and the dramatic, often snow-capped Southern Alps.

Waterways and streams meander through town, providing fishing enthusiasts the chance to haul in trout and salmon. You can traverse Lake Tekapo’s diverse and spectacular terrain with a hike or bike ride on one of the town’s many trails, The Mount John Summit Track and Lake George Scott Track snake through pine forests and rolling hills, offering panoramic views of Lake Tekapo’s tranquil landscape. Lake Tekapo is also part of a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, making it an excellent spot for star-gazing. In the small village itself, you’ll find a supermarket, restaurants, cafes, and gift shops, where you can get local goods and wool knitwear.


How do I get around Lake Tekapo?

If you’re flying into Christchurch Airport (CHC), the drive to Lake Tekapo takes just under three hours. A bus operated by InterCity provides service from Christchurch Airport to Tekapo four times a week, which takes around 4.5 hours. Renting a car may be the best option, as it provides the most convenient way to reach your Lake Tekapo accommodation and explore the area.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Lake Tekapo?

The summer months, between December and February, boast warm temperatures ideal for swimming in the lake. Mid-November is a popular time to visit Lake Tekapo, when the lupins adorn the fringes of the lake and surrounding fields in vibrant shades of pink, purple, and violet. These candy-colored blooms typically last until the end of December. During the winter months in June through August, the snow-capped mountains transform the town into a wintertime paradise. Lovers of the outdoors catch some runs on the slopes at one of many nearby ski areas, hit up an outdoor rink next to the lake for a glide on the ice, and warm up afterward with a dip in the hot pools at Tekapo Springs.


What are the top things to do in Lake Tekapo?

Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve

Lake Tekapo is situated within the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. The pristine star-gazing conditions make it possible to simply hop in your car and pick a spot around town to admire the scintillating sky and stars. If you’d prefer a guided view of the constellations, the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory, Cowan’s Private Observatory, and Tekapo Springs all offer star-gazing experiences.

Church of Good Shepherd

Standing on the shores of Lake Tekapo is the Church of Good Shepherd, an iconic landmark with vistas of the Southern Alps. You can spend time perusing the grounds or, if you make arrangements beforehand, tour the interior. The church’s stone façade offers a beautiful contrast against the vibrant landscape.

Cowans Hill Walkway

Cowans Hill Walkway is a four-mile hiking and biking loop offering stunning vistas of the lake and mountains. The footpath will take you along the lakeshore, through hills blanketed in tussock, across a bridge, and through a forest plantation. The area also encompasses a few wetlands that provide opportunities for bird-watching.