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Stargazer’s Luxury Retreat

For those who fancy a luxury escape; Stargaze the Milky Way from your own luxury outdoor bath, then come inside to a toasty warm fire. Enjoy the comfort of a king size bed with luxury linen, looking directly through to the lake and mountains beyond. In the bathroom, relax in our freestanding bath or enjoy a rain shower for two. Lounge in our luxury 100% wool beanbags from the living area which opens up completely to take in unobstructed views of the lake and mountains. This is paradise.

$221 per night
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Designer Cabin - with outdoor bathtub!

Architecturally designed, this contemporary cabin is just a stones throw from the lakefront, yet private and sheltered among established trees. Enjoy creating meals in the full ‘chefs’ kitchen complete with quality appliances and cookware, including a Nespresso coffee machine. Or choose to barbecue in the outdoor living space, followed by star-gazing from the comfort of the outdoor bathtub!

$170 per night
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Cass Crib

Cass Crib is located in the heart of Tekapo. A sunny, cosy cottage for two, with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and partial views of Lake Tekapo. Star-gaze from the patio or relax in the open living room in front of the fireplace. The cottage boasts a private bedroom with king bed, well-equipped kitchen (including Nespresso - BYO pods), and laundry facilities (washing machine, iron/board). Just 15 minutes’ walk from the village centre and lake front.

$177 per night

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Photo of Tekapo Springs
Tekapo Springs25 locals recommend
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Church of the Good Shepherd8 locals recommend
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Lake Tekapo22 locals recommend
Photo of Earth & Sky - Booking Office
Earth & Sky - Booking Office11 locals recommend
Photo of Mt John Summit Circuit Track
Mt John Summit Circuit Track3 locals recommend
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Kohan Restaurant11 locals recommend

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SEALY STREET STUDIO
$115 per night
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Alpine View Apartment #3
$154 per night
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Blue Star Inn Tekapo
$68 per night
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Black Beech House with luxury cedar outdoor bath.
$155 per night
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Boujee brand-new studio with lake/mountain views
$83 per night
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Lakeview Tekapo
$128 per night
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The View Tekapo West
$353 per night
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Skylight House with luxury cedar outdoor bath#
$148 per night
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Dark Sky Villa: Lake & Beautiful Mountain Views
$186 per night
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TekapoB2 Lakeview Apartment, breathtaking views
$140 per night
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"La Casa" Room 1 - Near Church-Lake & Town Center
$43 per night
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Milky Way
$107 per night

Your guide to Lake Tekapo

All About Lake Tekapo

In the middle of New Zealand’s South Island, nestled in the Mackenzie Basin, is Lake Tekapo — a tiny town sitting on the shores of one of the country’s bluest lakes. The highlight of Lake Tekapo is, of course, the stunning glacier-fed lake with its eye-catching milky-turquoise hue. It’s a scene that becomes even more striking set against dense sage forest and the dramatic, often snow-capped Southern Alps.

Waterways and streams meander through town, providing fishing enthusiasts the chance to haul in trout and salmon. You can traverse Lake Tekapo’s diverse and spectacular terrain with a hike or bike ride on one of the town’s many trails, The Mount John Summit Track and Lake George Scott Track snake through pine forests and rolling hills, offering panoramic views of Lake Tekapo’s tranquil landscape. Lake Tekapo is also part of a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, making it an excellent spot for star-gazing. In the small village itself, you’ll find a supermarket, restaurants, cafes, and gift shops, where you can get local goods and wool knitwear.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Lake Tekapo?

The summer months, between December and February, boast warm temperatures ideal for swimming in the lake. Mid-November is a popular time to visit Lake Tekapo, when the lupins adorn the fringes of the lake and surrounding fields in vibrant shades of pink, purple, and violet. These candy-colored blooms typically last until the end of December. During the winter months in June through August, the snow-capped mountains transform the town into a wintertime paradise. Lovers of the outdoors catch some runs on the slopes at one of many nearby ski areas, hit up an outdoor rink next to the lake for a glide on the ice, and warm up afterward with a dip in the hot pools at Tekapo Springs.


What are the top things to do in Lake Tekapo?

Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve

Lake Tekapo is situated within the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. The pristine star-gazing conditions make it possible to simply hop in your car and pick a spot around town to admire the scintillating sky and stars. If you’d prefer a guided view of the constellations, the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory, Cowan’s Private Observatory, and Tekapo Springs all offer star-gazing experiences.

Church of Good Shepherd

Standing on the shores of Lake Tekapo is the Church of Good Shepherd, an iconic landmark with vistas of the Southern Alps. You can spend time perusing the grounds or, if you make arrangements beforehand, tour the interior. The church’s stone façade offers a beautiful contrast against the vibrant landscape.

Cowans Hill Walkway

Cowans Hill Walkway is a four-mile hiking and biking loop offering stunning vistas of the lake and mountains. The footpath will take you along the lakeshore, through hills blanketed in tussock, across a bridge, and through a forest plantation. The area also encompasses a few wetlands that provide opportunities for bird-watching.

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