From Lake Tekapo Township, cross the Main Road Bridge and turn right onto the path on the eastern side. This walk starts along the edge of the Tekapo River, where you will be able to witness the rushing blue water, and takes you towards the plantation behind the township. Soon after crossing. Refuse Tip Road, you will enter the forest, from which point on you will be following a poled track until the trees turn into open country.
This track is shared with a 4WD track to a high point. Afterwards, the track heads downwards towards the open tussock grasslands of the Lake Tekapo Scientific Reserve. The Reserve allows you to experience the glacial features of the landscape, as well as the tarns and wetlands. From here, it is an easy walk to the Cowan’s Hill car park, where you may continue the Pines Beach Walk.
If you are in Tekapo in the spring between November and early December, you will even be able to enjoy endless fields of lupine in full bloom. This walk is a great way to experience Lake Tekapo, Motuariki Island and the surrounding mountains.