The unique turquoise colour of New Zealand's Lake Tekapo is the result of finely ground glacial rock melting into the snow fed waters. Appreciated and visited by many, Mantra Lake Tekapo has been built in this idyllic, natural and highly sought after location, designed to integrate fully with nature.
Nestled between the Southern Alps and the Two Thumb Ranges, it is protected from rough coastal weather throughout summer or winter, making it a favourite destination. Lake Tekapo offers a multitude of places to visit, things to do and activities to enjoy, and is a pleasant six minute walk into the charming Lake Tekapo township.
Lake Tekapo is home to the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve with its almost light-pollution-free skies it is, according to world experts, one of the best and largest stargazing sites on Earth. Witness one of the world's most spectacular night skies, just in the township alone the number of stars visible to the naked eye is incredible. A day or night tour at the Mt. John Observatory of the world class Earth & Sky Experience is a must.
The Church of the Good Shepherd is an iconic landmark of the South Island and is popular for weddings, with couples travelling from afar to celebrate their special day at this beautiful location. Overlooking Lake Tekapo it's a must-see during your trip. The famous bronze statue of Friday, the dog of legendary Maori explorer Mackenzie, perches proudly outside this tiny but intriguing church.
Make the most of New Zealand's fresh air and pristine wilderness by embarking on a walking trail and challenge your aerobic fitness with a guided alpine climbing or hiking tour, or investigate the mountain biking trails for an exhilarating experience.
Cast your worries away with world class fishing (fly and lure), horse trekking, boating, scenic flights (fixed wing and helicopter), ski-fields, hot pools, skating rink, adventure tube (summer or winter) or day spa at Tekapo Springs. During the winter the outdoor ice skating rink provides a winter wonderland and the ideal playground.
Things to do at Lake Tekapo
- Scenic flight over Mt Cook (Aoraki) and Westland National Parks
- Tekapo Hot Springs
- Trekking or mountain biking
- Horse riding in the Mackenzie country
- Kayaking on Lake Tekapo
- Stargazing at Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve
- Ice Skating (April-September)