Lake Tekapo is a village town located in the Mackenzie Country district in the South Island of New Zealand.
The township has a great choice of cafes, several souvenir shops and popular amongst visitors is the wonderful Church of the Good Shepherd which is one of the most photographed churches in New Zealand and its altar window perfectly frames Mount Cook.
Other must sees are the sheepdog memorial, which pays tribute to the role of dogs in high country farming, the Lake Tekapo Walkway and the Mt John Observatory.
Lake Tekapo also offers a wide range of outdoor activities including: tramping, mountain biking, climbing, horse trekking, fishing, hunting, boating, kayaking, scenic flights, star gazing, skiing, ice skating, water-skiing and windsurfing.
If you are looking for more of a relaxing time or low key outdoor adventures the south-eastern corner of Lake Tekapo has been made a 'passive area', where quiet forms of water recreation are encouraged. This area is popular with windsurfers and young families coming to grips with boating skills.
Lake Tekapo History
Maori were the first to venture into the Mackenzie Country, where they hunted moas, birds and eels before returning to the coast for food and trade.
The Mackenzie Country is named after Scotsman, James McKenzie after he was captured of in 1855, for being "in the company of a thousand stolen sheep".
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