05 WAITAKI-LAKE TEKAPO.jpg
 

ITINERARY

WAITAKI - LAKE TEKAPO
VIA TIMARU

169KM - 2 HRS

 

DEPART WAITAKI FOR LAKE TEKAPO

Along the way stop in for the sights at Timaru & Farlie.
In Timaru:

  • Take a walk along Caroline Bay

  • Consume a famous Denheath Custard Square or two..

  • Pick up a coffee at Arthur St Kitchen

In Farlie:

  • Fairlie Bakehouse, famous for pies and cronuts, try their famous bacon and salmon pie

TEKAPO

The township faces north across the remarkable turquoise coloured lake to the mountainous drama of the Southern Alps. Lake Tekapo gets its intense milky-turquoise colour from the fine rock-flour (ground by glaciers) which is suspended in the water.

On the shores on the lake you'll see the beautiful Church of the Good Shepherd, where the altar window frames a perfect view of the Southern Alps beyond the lake. The church was built in 1935 for the pioneer families of the Mackenzie district and is still used as a place of worship. The church is a popular photo spot for visitors - please note that when you visit the church, weddings and services may be taking place, respect is needed from visitors.
There are walking tracks following the lake shore. For huge views of the Mackenzie Basin you can hike up to Mount John Observatory (1031 metres) or Cowans Hill.

A great way to relax after the days exploring is to take a soak under the stars at the Tekapo Springs (conveniently located right next to the Lake Tekapo Holiday Park), perhaps even joining their Tekapo Star Gazing tour, New Zealand's only guided hot pool stargazing experience.

 


HOLIDAY PARK

Lake Tekapo Holiday Park


DAY CHARGING

TIMARU: Fast charge en route to Lake Tekapo 
Recommended Charge: Charge to 80%.
26A North Street, North and Victoria St


OVERNIGHT CHARGING

HOLIDAY PARK: Medium charge at site overnight & between day trips.
Recommended Charge: Charge to 100% overnight.


 
 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

ASTRO CAFE   Godley Peaks Rd, Lake Tekapo   Up at Mt John observatory – the $8 road fee is worth it for the views alone!

ASTRO CAFE
Godley Peaks Rd, Lake Tekapo

Up at Mt John observatory – the $8 road fee is worth it for the views alone!

TIN PLATE   State Highway 8, Tekapo Village, Lake Tekapo   Restuarant and Bar, icecreams, drinks and pizza.

TIN PLATE
State Highway 8, Tekapo Village, Lake Tekapo

Restuarant and Bar, icecreams, drinks and pizza.

MORNING COFFEE HIT!   2 Lakeside Dr, Lake Tekapo   Grab your early morning espresso from the coffee van that comes into the Holiday Park each morning (the rest of Tekapo takes a little while to wake up & open..).

MORNING COFFEE HIT!
2 Lakeside Dr, Lake Tekapo

Grab your early morning espresso from the coffee van that comes into the Holiday Park each morning (the rest of Tekapo takes a little while to wake up & open..).

 
 
 
FAIRLIE BAKEHOUSE   72 Main St, Fairlie   Quickly becoming a hot spot for the best pie in the region!

FAIRLIE BAKEHOUSE
72 Main St, Fairlie

Quickly becoming a hot spot for the best pie in the region!

TEKAPO SPRINGS   6 Lakeside Dr, Lake Tekapo   Perfect for a relaxing soak.

TEKAPO SPRINGS
6 Lakeside Dr, Lake Tekapo

Perfect for a relaxing soak.

MT JOHN WALKWAY   The start of this track is located next to the Tekapo Springs complex   Reward yourself at the Astro Café whilst enjoying the view. (1hr 30min)

MT JOHN WALKWAY
The start of this track is located next to the Tekapo Springs complex

Reward yourself at the Astro Café whilst enjoying the view. (1hr 30min)