New Zealand: Lake Tekapo & The Church of the Good Shepherd

New Zealand is full of breathtaking scenery at every turn and Lake Tekapo is certainly a site you cannot miss while visiting. The blue water reminded me of Thailand but it comes from a glacier instead (crazy)!  By day, the lake is stunning with it’s electric turquoise color and by night it’s perfect for stargazing, being a  part of the UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve. It’s best to get both day/night photos, so I recommend having accommodation nearby.

How To Get Around:

Photo Credit: Juicy Rentals

Renting A Car: This is a MUST while visiting NZ, as most of its’ sights are far apart. Be sure to rent/bring a GPS, especially if you won’t have internet access on your phone. For 2 weeks, we rented a car for about $600USD (around $40USD/day). Note: New Zealander’s drive on the opposite side of the road as Americans, so this is a BIG adjustment at first! Be careful!

RV Rental: Many people rent a camper van/motor home and utilize that is both transport and accommodation (we’ll be doing this next time!). Juicy Rentals is by far the most popular. A standard camper van will cost about $1470 for 2 weeks (around $105USD/day). Don’t forget to factor gas in your budget.

Juicy Rentals Website

How To Get To Lake Tekapo:

Lake Tekapo is a 3 hour drive west of Christchurch, a 3 hour drive north of Queenstown and a  1.5 hour journey from Mount Cook, making it central located as a long day trip from both major cities in the South, or a stopping point along the way between the two.

The Church of the Good Shepherd: 

Lake Tekapo’s iconic landmark, this church was built in 1935 as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie region. Be sure to see the New Zealand collie sheepdog statue nearby as well!

Lake Tekapo Info

Where To Stay:

Peppers Bluewater Resort

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Walking distance from the Church of the Good Shepherd, this hotel is a bit overpriced, but you’re paying for the location. $163USD/night

Peppers Bluewater Resort Website

Where To Eat:

Reflections Restaurant:

By far the favorite in town, with a  wide range of choices and front row views of the lake. One of the best lamb dishes we had during our entire trip was eaten here!

Reflections Restaurant Website

Run 76 Cafe:

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Perfect for breakfast and coffee. Get their eggs Benedict, it’s divine.

Run 76 Lake Tekapo Website

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XOXO The Traveling Blondie 

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