Tekapo might be a small town on the south island of New Zealand, but it has a lot to offer. Its picturesque surrounds and chilled vibes make for a relaxing getaway from the usual hustle of travel. Here are my 5 things I recommend you do while in Tekapo!
See the lake
Lake Tekapo is obviously a highlight of this small town. It’s rich blue colour and mountainous backdrop is perfect for an insta pic, or to marvel at for hours on end. In winter you can see the snow capped mountains not so far away, while in spring and summer you’ll find gorgeous purple lupine flowers.
Mount John hike
If you’re in Tekapo for a day or two and you’re into hiking (or long walks) this is one for you. It starts near Tekapo Springs and takes you up Mount John to the Observatory, which is a nice pit stop along the way. Offering beautiful views of the lake as you walk along, the upwards climb is definitely worth it. Take some water, snacks and your camera with you so you can stop off at the sight seeing spots because there are definitely plenty of photo opportunities along the way.
See the stars
Spending the night in Tekapo is 100% worth it. The town is in a dark sky reserve, meaning there is minimal light pollution at night. Head outside in the dark and you’ll see more stars than you’ve ever seen in your life before, it’s honestly breath taking. If you want to understand more about the constellations hit up the locals where you’re staying, they’re happy to share their knowledge, otherwise there are organised tours at the observatory. If you are heading out by yourself don’t forget to take a torch or phone with you so you can see where you’re going, we don’t want any injuries in the night!
Tekapo Springs is like a little relaxation zone is an already pretty relaxed place. There’s different hot pools with different temperatures which you can chill out in and enjoy the atmosphere. Unfortunately they’re not natural pools, but they’re about the next best thing. In winter there’s also a snow tubing area, which is what we went for and was incredibly fun. You can also buy value passes that allow you to go snow tubing, in the pools, and ice skating all in the same day.
Church of the Good Shepherd
This is the prime tourist destination in Tekapo. It’s a small church situated just in front of the lake; it’s the perfect photo opportunity. You’ll find busloads of tourists coming in all day so I recommend visiting early morning to beat the rush.
Have you been to Tekapo? Tell me about your favourite things there! If not, tell me what you’d like to see!