Pines Beach Walk

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The Pines Beach walk is by far the easiest walk in Lake Tekapo, while still offering stunning views of the lake, mountains and the Church of the Good Shepherd.

This walk usually starts at the Church of the Good Shepherd, but it is worth it to start on the footbridge instead of parking on the eastern side of the main road. From the footbridge, you can see the colour of the ground up rock under the blue that Lake Tekapo is known for.

After crossing the footbridge, stop and go inside the Church of the Good Shepherd if you can. Otherwise, it is still a pretty sight from the outside. It is a small church that was built in 1935.

Make your way along the foreshore of Lake Tekapo and you will approach the forested area that leads to Pines Beach.

Though this walk is easy, it is not very popular so you will probably be able to enjoy the peace of the surroundings from the beach. This beach is commonly visited by those who also walk the Richmond Trail. For a shorter walk, start at Lilybank Rd and make your way through the trees to the beach.

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 hour walk
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Bikes allowed: Unknown
  • Route: Return
  • Elevation: Unknown
  • Wet Feet: No
  • Toilets: There are toilets in Lake Tekapo township and at Pines Beach.
  • Dogs: Unknown
  • 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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