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Lake Alexandrina and McGregor Walk

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There are several tracks to choose from around Lake Alexandrina and Lake McGregor. Lake Alexandrina is made up of a few dozen holiday homes, as well as a camping ground. There is a walk which takes you along the lake shore from the campground on the southern end of the lake.

However, the walk that gives you the best view of Lake Alexandrina follows the walk up the 4WD track near the car park. From this viewpoint, make your way across the little bridge to the right and walk along the lakeshore next to the little holiday homes. It is impossible to get lost, so follow the walking tracks wherever they may lead.

As for Lake McGregor (which is right next to Lake Alexandrina), it also has a nice lakeside walk. Luckily the tracks are elevated so you will be able to enjoy the views from above. Lake McGregor also has a few partially submerged trees near the shoreline which are an interesting feature.

In the summer, you will be able to experience the lupin flowers that (though technically an invasive species) the area is known for. In the winter, experience the awe of the snow-covered mountains beyond Lake Tekapo.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: Unknown
        • Distance: Unknown
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Bikes allowed: The walks are shared with mountain bike tracks.
        • Route: Loop or return
        • Elevation: Unknown
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: There are toilets at the campgrounds near both lakes.
        • Dogs: Unknown
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: May, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    The walks offer stunning views of the blue water of Lake Tekapo, Lake Alexandrina, Lake McGregor and the surrounding mountains.

  • Track Quality

    The walks are a mix of shared 4WD roads, gravel roads and walks through fields.

  • Hazards


  • Transport

    Lake Tekapo township is a stop on InterCity’s bus network. However, Lake Alexandrina and Lake McGregor are not accessible by bus.

  • Water

    Drinking water is available in Lake Tekapo township.

  • Driving Instructions

    Lake Tekapo township is along SH8, about 3 hours from Queenstown or Christchurch. From Lake Tekapo township, head west on SH8 about 8 km. Turn right onto Godley Peaks Road and continue until turning left onto Lake Alexandrina Road. Park in the little village to start walking amongst the lakes.

    Alternatively, turn down Lake Alexandra South Road for Lake Alexandrina campgrounds.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    The closest shops and restaurants are in Lake Tekapo Township. There is nothing available in the Lake Alexandrina village.

  • Area & Track History

    Lake Tekapo was once covered by glaciers. As the glacier moved, it dumped large amounts of terminal moraine eventually resulting in the damming of the valley causing. The valley filled with water and formed the lake. 

    Lake Alexandrina is a spring fed lake which then feeds into the smaller Lake McGregor before ending up in Lake Tekapo.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    Yes, there are campgrounds near both lakes.

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