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Pines Beach Walk and Church of the Good Shepherd

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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 and the mountains. 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.

Quick Facts

        • 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
  • Track Highlights

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

  • Track Quality

    The track is gravelled and easy to follow.

  • 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.

  • 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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