Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo

Many of our trips pass through the Lake Tekapo region and enjoy stunning mountain and lake vistas. For those joining a tour passing through Lake Tekapo here's a taste of what you will be up to.

About the Lake Tekapo area:

The drive to Lake Tekapo through the Mackenzie Country alone is a highlight before even seeing Lake Tekapo. Imagine driving through rolling hill countryside and then, suddenly barren dry land, and in the distance a row of Alps. These are our Southern Alps and they have a dusting of snow on year round and, in general look pretty majestic in the backdrop of Mackenzie country. 

If you come here in November/ December, you’ll be in for a treat as the scenery is even more mind blowing with Lupin flowers in abundance. As you drive over the last hill before dropping into Lake Tekapo, your eyes become fixated on this brilliant illuminating blue lake - Lake Tekapo. Apparently the sediment at the bottom of the lake gets mixed with the glacier fed water and this is what brings out such a beautiful turquoise colour. Maybe all of these factors are what makes this area of New Zealand one of the most photographed places in the country.
There are three lakes in the Mackenzie Basin, the largest is actually Lake Pukaki where we camp for our wilderness camp. 
Lake Tekapo however, is where most of the tourism and action takes place with hot pools, horse riding, kayaking and even star gazing. The skies here in the Mackenzie basin are some of the most unpolluted night skies in the world. In fact, the government wanted to preserve these skies so much that they put a legislation out that all local residents in Lake Tekapo, must have certain street lights that don’t pollute the night sky. 
If you have extra time in New Zealand, make sure you come back to Tekapo and book in for a midnight star gazing tour. You get to stand on top of Mt John overlooking Lake Tekapo and gaze at the southern night sky with all the science led telescopes - definitely a unique experience to remember. 
We only pass through Lake Tekapo as we stay at Lake Pukaki and you’ll understand why when on tour - Mt Cook National Park vistas, less populated and the best places to pull your mattresses out of your tent and sleep under a million stars, not 5!

Optional activities:

Walk options:

There are a number of excellent shorter walks in this region and some great longer options - excellent views assured!

Cycle options:

Scenic trail ride on the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail starting from our wilderness camp at Lake Pukaki.