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Tekapo Tourism - Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo is nestled in the heart of New Zealand's South Island. The lake lies at the foot of the Southern Alps, which rise to a height of 3 kilometres. New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt Cook (Aoraki) is a short drive away and rises to 3,753m (12,313ft).

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State Highway 8 runs through the township and makes Lake Tekapo one of the essential stops on the traveller's route through the centre of the South Island.
From Christchurch, drive south on Highway 1. Turn off at Geraldine and follow Provincial Highway 79 through to Fairlie. Turn right on to Highway 8 at Fairlie and carry on to Lake Tekapo.
From Queenstown, drive north along Highway 6 to Cromwall. Take by-pass highway 8a past the Cromwell township, across Lake Dunstan to Highway 8. Turn left on to Highway 8 and follow it through the Lindis Pass and in to the Mackenzie Basin. Continue on Highway 8 through Omarama to Lake Tekapo.
From Timaru, drive inland on Highway 8 through Pleasant Point, Cave and Fairlie. Continue along Highway 8 to Lake Tekapo.


Christchurch 2 hours 50 mins
Queenstown 2 hours 50 mins
Wanaka 2 hours 20 mins
Dunedin 2 hours 50 mins
Timaru 1 hour 30 mins
Fairlie 40 mins
Mt Cook (Aoraki) 1 hour


To see aerial views of the village with points of interest shown, visit our information page

Getting to Lake Tekapo
There are no scheduled air or rail links to Lake Tekapo and so transport is limited to road only.
The closest international airport is in Christchurch, approximately 3 hours away.
A charter flight service is available with Tekapo's Air Safaris and can operate from most major airports in the South Island and southern North Island.
A number of coach, bus and mini bus services are available from major centres in the South Island. These include,

Bus, Coach services

Company Website
Intercity www.intercitycoach.co.nz
Great Sights www.greatsights.co.nz

Mini bus or budget bus services

Company Website
Atomic Shuttles www.atomictravel.co.nz
Cook Connection www.cookconnection.co.nz
Southern Link Coaches www.southernlinkcoaches.co.nz
Wanaka Connexions www.wanakaconnexions.co.nz

Exclusive or charter mini bus service



Click on the following map of Lake Tekapo to download as a PDF version. 322KB

Click on the above Tekapo map to download as a PDF version. 322KB


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