Lake Tekapo Peninsula Walk

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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.

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.

Quick Facts

        • 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
  • Track Highlights

    The track offers stunning views of the blue water of Lake Tekapo and the surrounding mountains.

  • Track Quality

    The track is undulating terrain near the lakeshore and on gravel roads. It is a community initiative and not managed by DOC.

  • Hazards


  • Transport

    Lake Tekapo township is a stop on InterCity’s bus network.

  • 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 the car park near Lake McGregor.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    There are shops and restaurants in Lake Tekapo Township.

  • 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.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

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