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Cottage · Lake Tekapo
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.
Aug 25 – Sep 1
$196 per night
Private room · Lake Tekapo
Tekapo Cabin Garden Bungalow
Quiet and secluded Garden Cabin. Warm and cosy, ideally suited for the non discerning Traveller, who wants a quick and easy no fuss stay as they’re up early and away! Use of a downstairs separate unit attached to main house, for kitchen, shower and toilet. This may be shared with another guest. A step up from camping, but not quite glamping.😀
Mar 3 – 10
$46 per night
Apartment · Lake Tekapo
Brand new Sealy Street Studio, a sunny, warm getaway for couples. Set within beautiful old trees and next door to the stunning gardens of Aldourie Lodge. The studio is attached, but private from the main house with its own entrance and parking. A 200m walk to the Church of the Good Shepherd and 500m walk over the footbridge to the township, a perfect location for your star gazing, skiing, hot pools and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Mackenzie country.
May 19 – 26
$119 per night

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Photo of Tekapo Springs
Tekapo Springs25 locals recommend
Photo of Church of the Good Shepherd
Church of the Good Shepherd8 locals recommend
Photo of Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo23 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
Photo of Kohan Restaurant
Kohan Restaurant11 locals recommend

Other great vacation rentals in Lake Tekapo

Private room · Lake Tekapo
"La Casa" Room 1 - Near Church-Lake & Town Center
Mar 2 – 9
$60 per night
Apartment · Lake Tekapo
Cottage O'Neill
Oct 11 – 18
$94 per night
Apartment · Lake Tekapo
18 Jimmys 2Bedroom
Feb 7 – 14
$86 per night
Apartment · Lake Tekapo
Stellar 1 Bedroom Apartment B
Mar 15 – 22
$86 per night
Home · Lake Tekapo
Lilybank Cottage - fully fenced & dog friendly
Sep 9 – 16
$158 per night
Cottage · Lake Tekapo
Dunrobin Cottage - Lake View Central Hideaway
Mar 9 – 16
$95 per night
Apartment · Lake Tekapo
33 Star Apartment 3 Bedroom
Sep 5 – 12
$102 per night
Home · Lake Tekapo
Skyrim Lodge One Bedroom Suite
Sep 7 – 14
$110 per night
Private room · Lake Tekapo
Alpine Studio - One Bedroom King Suite
Sep 13 – 20
$106 per night
Guest suite · Tekapo
RodmanStar Apartment 1Bedroom 2 nights save 10%
Apr 27 – May 4
$94 per night
Guesthouse · Lake Tekapo
Studio Unit on D’Archiac with Lake Views
Jun 16 – 23
$136 per night
Home · Lake Tekapo
The Lake House (Mary Macs)
Jul 3 – 10
$170 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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