Tekapo is Maori for ‘night sleeping place’, and the lake itself boasts the clearest, darkest and most spectacular night sky in Aotearoa, ideal for a tramp up Mount John followed by a romantic twilight picnic. Thrill seekers are sure to cover more terrain by mountain biking or horse riding before revitalising body and soul in the nearby Tekapo Springs and Day Spa.
The Round Hill Ski Field and Winter Park are also a short drive from Peppers Bluewater Resort offering skiing, ice hockey, ice skating – even curling!
Imagine soaking in hot pools surrounded by snow under the magnificent clear night sky of the Southern Alps breathing in fresh alpine air and escaping into dreamtime. Follow with perhaps a long massage or mud wrap to soothe the aches and pains, or take to the ice and experience our new international sized outdoor ice rink. For the more adventurous, try Ice Hockey or a sled or tube run down our snow slope adjacent to the ice rink. www.tekaposprings.co.nz
Explore the wonders of the Southern Sky at the Mt John Observatory high above the breathtaking landscape of Lake Tekapo – where Earth meets Sky. Lake Tekapo has one of the most spectacular night skies in the world. Visitors from all over New Zealand and the world are amazed by the clarity and sheer number of stars visible to the naked eye during Lake Tekapo's night.
For more information visit www.newzealandsky.com
Air Safaris will take you on an unforgettable scenic flight tour of the spectacular Mount Cook and Westland World Heritage Parks. Explore the alpine wonderland of New Zealand's highest mountains, view mighty alpine glaciers and lush coastal rain forests. For more information visit www.airsafaris.co.nz
Enjoy a horseback ride through the tussock grasslands, glacial lakes and forests of the Mackenzie Country. Choose from a 1, 2 or 3.5 hour, full day or overnight trek. You will witness breathtaking views of Lake Tekapo and the Southern Alps. For more information visit www.maht.co.nz
Roundhill Ski Area provides the perfect setting for a relaxing day skiing or snowboarding on our gentle, undulating hill. It's all about fun, sun and snow at Roundhill! Come and enjoy skiing and snowboarding lessons for all levels, smooth trails for beginners and intermediate skiers, terrain park, boxes, rails and jumps for skiers and snowboarders with all day sun on immaculately groomed slopes. www.roundhill.co.nz
The Church was built to the glory of God as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie Country. Congregations of the three main Churches worship regularly in the Church, which offers awe inspiring views of the lake and mountains through the altar window. The Church of the Good Shepherd is interdenominational and services are held regularly throughout the year. Weddings and baptisms can be conducted by arrangement with the clergy.
The northern-most lake in the upper Waitaki basin, Lake Tekapo is well known for its impressively sized brown and rainbow trout. Small creeks, rivers and streams provide optimal fishing spots for locals and tourists alike.
Over 50 years after its development you can experience the thrill of a ride in a near original restored Hamilton jet boat. Mark and Jane Morgan are keeping the heritage alive on the blue waters of Lake Tekapo. Come on a journey of discovery and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this pristine alpine lake.
Glacier Rock Gallery is located in Lake Tekapo at the heart of New Zealand's South Island and exhibits paintings of the South Island and City Scapes of Europe by Colin MacLaren.
The Tekapo Canal is renowned as the source of some of the best quality farmed salmon in the world. Visit the Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon shop at the Lake Pukaki Visitor Centre, on the state highway between Tekapo and Twizel and lunch on the award-winning Alpine Salmon. It’s a great spot for a picnic, amidst the scenic views of Mt. Cook.
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