Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki Day Tour


Lake Tekapo is  3.5 hours drive from Christchurch and lies in the heart of Mackenzie Country. It is one of the most popular tourist destination & provides exquisite views of the remarkable turquoise colored lake, iconic landmark ‘Church of The Good Shepherd’ & the magnificent Mt. Cook. Lake Tekapo is the second largest of the three roughly parallel lakes running north south in the Mackenzie Basin (others being Lake Pukaki & lake Ohau).

The scenery at Lake Tekapo is magical; with a combination of milky blue colored lake, golden tussock, snow capped Southern Alps and stunning clear skies day & night. A 40 minutes drive from Lake Tekapo, will lead you to another gorgeous shimmering blue jewel, Lake Pukaki.

THIS IS A PRIVATE TOUR (i.e. ONLY FOR ONE PARTY)

Lake Tekapo Day Tour – approx. 12 hours (Tour Start Time: 8am)
$299 Per Person (minimum booking for 2 adults required, this is a private tour i.e. only for one party)
Child: $169

TOUR Highlights

  • Pick-up from your hotel/ apartment or preferred location in Christchurch.
  • Take the drive through Ashburton making frequent stops on the way.
  • Stretch legs at the picturesque little town of Fairlie.
  • Visit the heart of Mackenzie Country, the captivating Lake Tekapo.
  • Visit the Church of Good Shepherd & the well-recognized statue of sheepdog.
  • Drive or take a walk to Mt John Observatory for unbeatable views of alpine landscapes.
  • Soak up & unwind in Tekapo Springs offering 3-tiered Hot Pools, Spa, waterslide, ice skating & aqua play area for kids.
  • Take a 40-minute drive to Lake Pukaki, another long large jewel in the Mackenzie Basin & capture the stunning views of Mt Cook. • Drive back to Christchurch via same scenic route.
  • Return back & drop-off to your location.

Price includes:

  • Private & Exclusive Tour.
  • Hotel Pick up and Drop Off.
  • Entry to Tekapo Springs: Hot pools, waterslide & aqua play area for kids in summer (October to April). And during winters, Hot pools , Snow tubing and Ice skating (May to September).

Note: Swimming costumes & towels available on hire ($5 each plus $20 returnable deposit).

COMPLIMENTARY HOTSPOT WIFI & LIGHT REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED.

 

YOUR FULL DAY LAKE TEKAPO & LAKE PUKAKI DAY TOUR INCLUDES:

Church of Good Shepherd & Sheepdog Memorial

The Church of Good Shepherd is a little stone Church on the shores of Lake Tekapo. It surrounded by the majestic landscapes and was opened in 1935. It is the sole church in Lake Tekapo & continues to be the place of worship for local residents. This Church acts as a memorial to the farmers & shepherds who pioneered the region of the Mackenzie Basin. The bronze Sheepdog memorial erected in 1968 on the edge of Lake Tekapo serves as a tribute to the dogs used by Scottish Shepherds during the 19th century.

Mt John

You may choose to take a10 minute’s drive or a 1-hour scenic walk up the summit of Mt John. Plenty of sunshine with clear blue skies during summer months or snow capped mountains during winters; these varied views will never disappoint! Enjoy a quick bite or a cup of coffee at the Astro Café that provides 360 degrees scenic views of Lake Tekapo and surrounding mountains.

Tekapo Hot Springs

During daytime, sit back, relax & soak up in Tekapo Springs that offers three tiered Hot Pools that resembles the shape of 3 lakes of this region: Ohau (36 degrees), Pukaki (37 degrees) and Tekapo (38 degrees). While you unwind in the hot pools, the kids can enjoy the waterslides or the aqua play area. You may also choose to enjoy a meal or a drink at the Tahr Bar & Café.

OTHER OPTIONAL RECOMENDED ACTIVITIES IN LAKE TEKAPO

Soak in the Stars

The ultimate Tekapo Star Gazing Experience is the only guided hot pools & star gazing experience in New Zealand. A 2-hour experience introduces you to wonders of Tekapo’s amazing night skies with a combination of astronomy & soaking in a hot pool while enjoying the star lit skies.

Earth & Sky at Mt John University Observatory

Join the famous Earth & Sky Stargazing & Observatory tour at Mt John University Observatory, simply one of the best star gazing sites on Earth. This tour will fascinate, educate and entertain you with spectacular views using a range of scientific telescopes.

(Note: Optional recommended activities can be combined with an over-night stay in a 4-star Hotel at an additional cost).

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