Lake Tekapo Peninsula Walk

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The Lake Tekapo Peninsula Walk is an easy 4km loop walk that will take you around 1.5 hours to complete.

From the car park on Godley Peaks Road (just after the Mount John turnoff), walk through the field framed by mountains. You will be following the shoreline the whole way until the end of a peninsula. At the end of the walk, you will see Motuariki island, the largest island in Lake Tekapo.

As you make your way along the track, make sure to take a look back for a unique view of Mount John.

The track has some hills but they are incredibly easily to walk over. Along the walk, you may encounter sheep because this walk takes you through a sheep farm. As a result, the track is closed for lambing in September and October. In the summer months, you will also be able to see fields of lupine flowers in full bloom, they are stunning.

This is a loop track, so the way back takes you via Godley Peaks Road. However, many people choose to simply return the way they came in order to continue to enjoy the views of Lake Tekapo and the mountains.

Further along Godley Peaks Road, you will find Lake Alexandrina and Lake McGregor, if you are interested in seeing more stunning lakes.

Enjoy the Tekapo hot pools after your walk

Especially wonderful in winter, but any time of the year is good, finish off your hike or walk in Tekapo with a soak in the hot springs. If you don’t mind what time you go you can get cheaper entry tickets to the hot pools on this link.  The pools are open every day except Christmas day. There is a great day spa and cafe, bar to enjoy as well. The hot pools overlook stunning Lake Tekapo.

Quick Facts about this walk

  • Location: Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand
  • Time needed: 1.5 hour walk
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Bikes allowed: Unknown
  • Route: Loop
  • Elevation: Unknown
  • Wet Feet: No
  • Toilets: No
  • Dogs: No
  • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
  • Last Updated: May, 2020
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We’ve partnered with Macpac outdoor walking & hiking gear to bring you the very best products designed exclusively for our New Zealand climate. They’ll ship for FREE within NZ on orders over $100 (if under $100 it’s only $5). Worldwide international shipping is available except to the USA. Bulky orders will be $20.

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