Lake Tekapo is yet another gorgeous MUST see while staying in New Zealand. 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.
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.
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!
Where To Stay…
Peppers Bluewater Resort
Walking distance from the Church of the Good Shepherd, this hotel is a bit overpriced, but you’re paying for the location. $163USD/night
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Where To Eat…
By far the favorite in town, with a wide range of choices.
Run 76 Cafe:
Perfect for breakfast and coffee.