【NZ South Island】 Lake Tekapo – Church Of The Good Shepherd

Our 1 month New Zealand road trip. We rented a car and drove from south to north island.

The trip started from:

We spent a night at Lake Tekapo after a beautiful hiking trip at Mt Cook.

Where Is Lake Tekapo?

Lake Tekapo - Mount Cook Driving distance

Lake Tekapo is 1 hr 14 minute drive from Mount Cook. Located between Queenstown and Christchurch of South Island New Zealand.

A beautiful drive around Lake Pukaki before arriving at Lake Tekapo (A small town of approximately 300 people only).

Lake Tekapo Lake Front Town
It’s a beautiful small town located beside the blue lake of Lake Tekapo.

Lake Tekapo - bridge in front

Lake Tekapo NZ Church blue lake
This beautiful blue lake is fed by Godley River, water from the Southern Alps

Known For? Church Of The Good Shepherd
Church Of The Good Shepherd, when to take photo, Lake Tekapo

This is like a photographers’ dream spot in New Zealand. During the day you get that beautiful church shining in front of the blue lake. When the night falls, it’s the perfect place for star gazing. Imagine the starry sky behind the church.

Lake Tekapo Church of the good shepherd

Built in 1935 on the shores of Lake Tekapo, Church of the Good Shepherd was the first church built in the Mackenzie Basin. The church at Lake Tekapo was designed by Christchurch architect R.S.D. Harman, based on sketches by a local artist, Esther Hope. The church is arguably one of the most photographed Churchs in New Zealand and features an altar window that frames views of the lake and mountains.

Church of the good shepherd, window
The church window framed the heavenly view of Lake Tekapo

LAke Tekapo with Church blue lake

Bronze Sheepdog

Beside the church, there’s a well-known bronze status of a New Zealand Collie sheepdog. The statue was to recognize the important role of the sheepdog in their livelihoods.

Bronze Sheepdog beside church of the good shepherd,lake tekapo
A sexy cat just appeared from nowhere when we were there. Pleasant surprise!

Where We Stayed?

We spent a night in an Airbnb just 3 minutes drive from the Church. $186.41 SGD/$200 NZD a night. A newly built house that’s been converted to Airbnb. Our room was simple and clean, with attached shower and toilet. Shared kitchen and common area.

Owned by a Chinese couple, it was clean, simple and just what we needed for a night stay. The owner said a famous Hong Kong celebrity and his crew stayed with them before as well~ (Hint: the handsome male celebrity who’s very involved in cooking show now, you know who?)

Airbnb Lake tekapo sunrise
Beautiful sunrise in the morning – view from our Airbnb
Airbnb Lake Tekapo room
Clean, new and simple room, just what we needed
Airbnb self-cook dinner
The advantage of Airbnb, we get to cook our own dinner, with our own bottle of wines while watching the sunset. Bliss.

Lake Tekapo Airbnb - sunset

It was a nice stop at Lake Tekapo, for normal tourist a 1-night stay is probably more than enough. Plus there’s not too many accommodations around in this small town.

Tips: If you decide to stay a night in Lake Tekapo, you could wake up early in the morning (before 8am) to take a nice photo of the church before all the other tour buses arrive. (Unless you like to see the real tourists attraction like…)



After Lake Tekapo, we headed north on a long drive (4 hours+)  to Hanmer Springs –  a nice small town famous for its hot pool resorts.

driving from LAke Tekapo to Hanmer Spring - New Zealand Road Trip

Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for the next post – Hanmer Springs

【NZ South Island】 Lake Tekapo – Church Of The Good Shepherd
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