A charming township nestled on the southern end of a magnificent lake; Lake Tekapo is situated in the Mackenzie Basin, halfway between Christchurch and Queenstown. The turquoise waters of the Lake, contrasted by the snowcapped peaks of the majestic Southern Alps is surely set to captivate you. During summer, the shores of Lake Tekapo are painted in pinks and purples when Lupins blossom throughout the area making it a photographer’s paradise. An unassuming yet iconic structure that shapes the landscape, the Church of the Good Shepherd is a simple stone building that sits modestly on the lake’s edge and is a must-see during your stay. Dating back to 1935, this commemorative church was built to honour the pioneers of the region, and is now called upon by thousands of tourists and has become an incredibly popular destination for wedding ceremonies due to its breathtaking backdrop.
Whether you’re visiting for a special occasion or simply looking for a peaceful escape from day-to-day life, Lake Tekapo is a place where you can truly immerse yourself in nature. Embark on a scenic walking trail, or for something a little more challenging join a guided alpine climbing or hiking tour. Experience the area’s remarkable off-road cycling routes or try your hand at fly fishing, horse riding, or boating. Witness New Zealand’s awe-inspiring landscape from above in full panorama on a scenic helicopter flight, spend the day at the nearby ski-fields, soak away your cares in a natural mineral pool, and don’t leave town before visiting the day spa at Tekapo Springs where you can indulge in a range of therapeutic treatments.
Providing beautifully appointed accommodation, Mantra Lake Tekapo offers the choice of 2 or 3 Bedroom Apartments, each self-contained with a full kitchen and laundry along with open plan living and dining areas. After an eventful day of sightseeing you'll appreciate the under floor heating in the bathroom which boasts a separate bath where you can soak away your cares and enjoy a good book or glass of wine. Apartments also feature French doors that open out onto your private balcony or courtyard. Our spacious outdoor entertainment area offers a swimming pool, hot tub, BBQ, and large outdoor fireplace where guests can congregate to share stories of their day and keep warm whilst stargazing.
Warm and inviting, Peppers Blue Water Resort provides you with an assortment of gorgeous Hotel Rooms, along with One, Two and Three Bedroom Suites and Villas. Taking inspiration from the natural Mackenzie surrounds, rooms have been decorated in blues and natural tones. Modern design gives way to uninterrupted serenity. It's the ideal retreat where you can make the most of the remarkable vistas from the comfort of your accommodation, taking in the extraordinary lake and mountain views. Sample mouth-watering New Zealand gastronomy where your expectations will be exceeded at Rakinui Restaurant & Bar. Blessed with a memorable vista across Lake Tekapo, this prominent establishment celebrates produce unearthed from plentiful farmland with their farm to fork philosophy. Fresh ingredients are meticulously selected from across the region and matched with your choice of New Zealand’s most reputable wines.