Lake Tekapo Walking & Hiking Guide

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Here’s our pick of the best walks & hiking tracks in Lake Tekapo

Tekapo and Lake Tekapo is a stunning area for walking & hiking with huge mountain views and pretty lakes. Colourful lupin flowers everywhere in the summer and snow capped mountains in the winter, it’s spectacular. There are plenty of really nice walks and hiking tracks in the Lake Tekapo area, most with stunning views of the lake. Hopefully you’ll get a nice day. A number of walks start from right in Lake Tekapo town, which is handy. Even better on a cold day, take a soak in the lovely Lake Tekapo hot pools, what a way to end the day! You’ll get 360° views of Lake Tekapo and the mountains from the top of Cowans Hill walkway.



List of all walks in Lake Tekapo

Cowan Hill Walkway and Mountain Bike Track - View over Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand Lake TekapoSouth Island

Cowan Hill Walkway

3.2 km • 1 hour • Easy

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Free Lake Alexandrina and McGregor Walk in Tekapo - South Island - New Zealand - View looking over Lake Alexandrina to the mountains around Tekapo Lake TekapoSouth Island

Lake Alexandrina and McGregor Walk

Loop or return walks • Easy

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Free Lake George walk in Tekapo - South Island - New Zealand - View looking over Lake George from the road in Tekapo Lake TekapoSouth Island

Lake George Scott Walk

3 or 10 km • 1-2 hours • Medium

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Free Lake Tekapo Peninsula Walk in Tekapo - South Island - New Zealand - View looking over the walkway and Lake Tekapo Peninsula Lake TekapoSouth Island

Lake Tekapo Peninsula Walk

4 km • 1.5 hours • Easy

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Free Lake Tekapo Walkway in Tekapo - South Island - New Zealand - View looking over the walkway and mountains Lake TekapoSouth Island

Lake Tekapo Walkway

Unknown km • 1 hour • Very easy

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Mt John Summit Circle Track - Views over Tekapo township - New Zealand Lake TekapoSouth Island

Mt John Summit Circle Track

3 km • 1.5 hours • Medium

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Mt John via Lakeshore Walk - View over Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand Lake TekapoSouth Island

Mt John via Lakeshore Walk

7 km • 3 hours • Medium

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Pines Beach Walk and Church of the Good Shepherd in Tekapo Lake TekapoSouth Island

Pines Beach Walk and Church of the Good Shepherd

5 km • 1 hour • Easy

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Free Richmond Trail in Tekapo - South Island - New Zealand - View looking over the tussock and mountains Lake TekapoSouth Island

Richmond Trail

13 km • 4-5 hours • Medium

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