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Lake Tekapo Walkway

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The Lake Tekapo Walkway walk starts before entering the Lake Tekapo township. Star before the Church of the Good Shepherd, where you can take in the blue lake and the white-capped mountains in the distance. Make sure you also stop and admire the Church itself before moving on along the walk.

The walk then continues across Lake Tekapo Footbridge and along the lakeshore. This walk is mostly to take in the views of the lake so make sure to take your time and even read the information panels along the way that highlight some of the history along the walk. 

Continue past the hydro outlet and the footpath continues to the campground and hot pools complex.

The best time of year to visit Lake Tekapo and the surrounding area is in the spring, more specifically around November and early December. This is because the lupin flowers will be in full bloom. There is no doubt that you will be completely surrounded by the pink, blue and purple flowers throughout this walk. They grow on the shore of the lake and are impossible to miss.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 1 hour walk
        • Distance: Unknown
        • Difficulty: Very easy
        • Bikes allowed: Yes
        • Route: One way
        • Elevation: None
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: There are toilet facilities in Lake Tekapo township.
        • Dogs: Unknown
        • 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 well-gravelled.

  • 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. The walk starts at the eastern end of Lake Tekapo.

  • 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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Map of Lake Tekapo Walkway

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