Tours at Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo and the Mackenzie Country - Tour Highlights
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.
Time spent here while on a Flying Kiwi tour:
During our Summer tours (Oct-Apr) and Winter tours (July-Aug) we spend 1 night here
Tours that take you here:
|BOTH ISLAND TOURS:||SOUTH ISLAND TOURS:||WINTER TOURS:|
|Ultimate Explorer - 27 or 28 days||Summer Blast - 16, 17 or 19 days||Alpine Explorer - 9 days|
|Total Aotearoa - 24 days||Southern Light - 9 or 10 days||Ski & Snow Explorer - 6 days|
|Grand Traverse - 15 days|
Where we stay:
Tonight we stay at the edge of Lake Pukaki. Tonight, there is not upgrade options, just you and your tent at one of our amazing bush camps. Rated as a million-star accommodation. You’ll discover why!
- Facilities: Toilet
Tekapo Lakefront Lodge Backpackers – A cosy accommodation just across the road from the beautiful Lake Tekapo.
- Large kitchen
- BBQ area
Things not to miss:
During our Winter Tours keep warm diving into a hot pool (included). It’s actually the best way to end a day full of enjoyment in the snow. These pools offer you an incredible and privileged balcony to contemplate the beauty of this mountainous area while you heat your body after a full the day in the ski field.
Things to do:
Prepare your camera and take a stroll around the lake. You’ll be spoilt with views of the Southern Alps and the lake. 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.
In the evening, be ready to go stargazing. The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is the world’s biggest international park in the sky, an almost light-pollution-free area.
Free Things to Do:
Visit the Good Shepherd church and the McKenzie Sheep Dog Statue, two of the symbols of the lakeside. There is a short walk between them. The first one appears in many of the NZ most sold postcards. Many people want to marry there (normal, because is an amazing spot!), so if you are keen, make sure to book it in advance! The dog monument is dedicated to the sheep dogs, an invaluable support for all the shepherds.
Its going to be cold but it’s a bit of a tradition at Flying Kiwi that everyone swims at Lake Pukaki. A photo having a bath with the snow capped Southern Alps behind is a must have for any traveler.
There are a number of excellent shorter walks in this region and some great longer options - excellent views assured!
Lake Pukaki Ride - From camp you have the option of biking up to Pete’s Lookout. A 15km ride that takes you through salmon and lavender farms around Lake Pukaki before finishing at Pete’s Lookout which offers spectacular views of the area.
Our pick of Lake Tekapo's Top Activities:
Earth and Sky Observatory - Mt John
Spend the evening discovering what the southern sky has to offer, and experience the thrill of looking deep into the cosmos through the powerful telescopes.
Tekapo Springs offers three tiered Hot Pools landscaped in local greywacke rock and surrounded by the regions native alpine plants to create a natural setting. Pool temperatures range from 37 - 39 degrees Celsius. The pools have benched seating so you can sit back, relax and soak.