Welcome to Lake Tekapo


Such splendid Mackenzie Country and Southern Alps views are reason enough to linger, but there's infinitely more to see if you wait till dark. In 2012 the Aoraki Mackenzie area was declared an International Dark Sky Reserve, one of only 12 in the world, and Tekapo's Mt John – under light-pollution-free skies – is the ultimate place to experience the region’s glorious night sky.


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Explore Mount Cook from Christchurch

A short stop at either the Tin Shed (an old shearing shed selling discount sweaters) or at Barkers Winery for tastings of wines, sauces and jams. Continuing through the foothills of the Southern Alps from Geraldine to Fairlie and through the MacKenzie Basin, with its brown snowgrass-covered landscape which has an almost desert like aspect, to Lake Tekapo. There is the opportunity to take an idyllic photograph of the Church of the Good Shepherd on Lake Tekapo with its backdrop of magnificent alpine scenery.Next, it's onto Lake Pukaki where the Tasman Valley opens into the MacKenzie Basin with Mount Cook and the surrounding snow covered peaks in the background. Lunch is at the Hermitage in the Mount Cook National Park. Following lunch an alpine flight over the National Park can be arranged with Mount Cook Airlines (optional at additional cost, payable direct). Glacier landings by ski planes are also available (optional at additional cost, payable direct).Next, you'll explore the Tasman Glacier where a twenty minute climb by foot will take you to the top of the terminal moraine, this vantage point provides views of both the Tasman Glacier and the newly formed Lake Tasman. Return by coach in the afternoon, stopping at the Canterbury high country town of Fairlie for late afternoon tea.

$101.55 Kid Friendly

4x4 Safari Tours

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Lake Tekapo, Lake Tekapo, Mackenzie District, Canterbury Region, South IslandTraveller will enjoy a 3.5 hour 4x4 tour into the headwaters of Lake Tekapo.Travelling up beyond the Lake, into the Godley Valley via farm land, and moderate 4x4 trackszDuration: 3 hours

$419.52 Multi-day & Extended Tours

South Island Flexible Travel Pass - Christchurch Return

Christchurch to KaikouraWe depart Christchurch International Airport early in the morning for a scenic drive up the coast to the wildlife wonderland of Kaikoura. Spend the afternoon whale watching or swimming with dolphins.Kaikoura to PictonContinue north to the top of the South Island to our next destination Picton, nestled on the edge of the stunning Marlborough Sounds. Enjoy an afternoon free to walk part of the unbelievably beautiful Queen Charlotte Track, or just explore Picton's waterfront and town centre.Picton to Abel TasmanWe cruise through the world famous Marlborough vineyard area to the coastal town of Nelson. We make a supermarket stop then make our way to our amazing and remote overnight stop right on the edge of Abel Tasman National Park. The next day is a free day.Abel Tasman to Franz JosefWe make our way down the ‘wild’ West Coast to the spectacular limestone Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and blowholes. We’ll take a short stop in Greymouth  on our way to the Franz Josef Glacier. The next day you'll have a full free day to experience the Franz Josef Glacier.Franz Josef to WanakaSee the amazing mirror-like Lake Matheson then travel inland through the mountainous Haast Pass and Makarora towards Wanaka. This is one of the most scenic drives you’ll ever do! We arrive in Wanaka late-afternoon in time to enjoy this picturesque lakeside town.Wanaka to QueenstownQueenstown is known in New Zealand as the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’ and the spiritual home of bungy jumping! Spend at least two days in Queenstown taking it all in! Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt CookWe arrive at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook with time for afternoon activities. Mt Cook to RangitataLeaving Mt Cook, we stop to admire the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo. After lunch, we will continue to our overnight stop in Rangitata Peel Forest. Tonight, we’ll stay in one of Canterbury’s original sheep stations.Rangitata to ChristchurchThis morning, you will have the opportunity to sign up to a top-notch grade 5 white water rafting experience on Rangitata River, nestled under the foot of the Southern Alps or to explore the stunning Peel Forest scenery on horseback. Today marks the end of your Stray trip as we arrive in Christchurch  

$2399 Multi-day & Extended Tours

10-Day Photography Expedition of the South Island of New Zealand

Join this stunning 10-day photography expedition of New Zealand. Each day there will be a variety of themes for your pictures!DAY 1: Christchurch After the overnight flight to New Zealand then Christchurch, the second largest city of the country and transfer to the hotel, the morning will be free for you to recover from the long journey and adapt to the time zone. We will have a welcome dinner and orientation to the expedition. Enjoy the afternoon walking around the main streets of the city center, or just stay resting in the hotel. (D)DAY 2: Mount Cook We will start the day with a visit to the central botanical gardens. Early in the afternoon our destination will be Aoraki Mount Cook with stops at Lake Pukaki and the famous Good Shepherd church at Lake Tekapo. After dinner we will make some long exposure photos of the stars, with backdrops of Hooker Valley and Aoraki Mount Cook. Photo theme: landscape, nature, architecture and road. (B)DAY 3: Mount Cook Today we will explore the short walks in the Hooker and Aoraki valleys and Mount Cook with its beautiful lakes and parks, after that we will be traveling to Wanaka. Photo theme: landscape, nature, architecture and road. (B)DAY 4: Wanaka Our day will start with Lake Wanaka follow by Mount Aspiring National Park, Cardrona and Crown Range Valley. Photo theme: landscape, nature, architecture and road. (B)DAY 5: Catlins/Nugget Point After a photographic sunrise by the Lake Wanaka, we will travel to the region of Catlins Forest Park and Nugget Point lighthouse until the sunset. Photo theme: landscape, nature and road. (B)DAY 6: Milford Sound We leave early to Milford Sound through Te Anau. There will be many photo stops along the way on the most beautiful highway in the country. The sunset with Mitre Peak as background. Photo theme: landscape, nature and road. (B)DAY 7: Milford Sound Free morning. Photo theme: landscape and nature. (B)DAY 8: Queenstown Morning journey to Glenorchy and the Greenstone. In the afternoon we will explore the region in Queenstown and the legendary city of Arrowtown, and the Kawarau Bungee Jump. Photo theme: landscape, nature, city and architecture. (B)DAY 9: Queenstown In the morning we will explore Queenstown, Lake Hays, Wakatipu and the Remarkables. At night we will have our farewell dinner. Photo theme: landscape, nature, city and architecture. (B, D)DAY 10: Queenstown After breakfast, shuttle to the airport and return flight home.

$846.74 Cultural & Theme Tours

Flexible Fully Guided New Zealand Bus Pass - Auckland to Christchurch & Milford

AUCKLAND-HOT WATER BEACH Head out of Auckland towards the Coromandel Peninsula and spend the afternoon at Cathedral Cove. Stay at Hot Water Beach where you can dig your own hot pool in the sand. HOT WATER BEACH-WAITOMO Today visit the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. WAITOMO-ROTORUA Stop off at The Shires Rest where you can take a tour through the enchanting Hobbiton Movie Set. Tonight, don’t miss the chance to stay overnight at Tamaki Marae in Rotorua. ROTORUA-TAUPO Taupo is known as the adventure capital of the North Island. FREE DAY Get up before the sun and hike one of New Zealand’s great walks, the Tongariro Crossing! Home to Mt Doom the scenery is sure to blow you away on this 8 hour hike. TAUPO-RIVER VALLEY Situated amongst towering cliffs and bush- clad hills, the lodge offers grade five rafting and scenic horse riding. RIVER VALLEY-WELLINGTON New Zealand’s capital city of culture, the arts, restaurants, fashion and nightlife. WELLINGTON-ABEL TASMAN Take the ferry across to the South Island through the magnificent Marlborough Sounds. Travel through vineyards to Kaiteriteri, a great spot to begin an adventure into the National Park. ABEL TASMAN-WESTPORT Spend the morning kayaking out to Split Apple Rock and along the golden bays near Kaiteriteri. This afternoon stop at the Nelson Lakes to get your legendary wharf jumping shot, before hitting surf town Westport. WESTPORT-LAKE MAHINAPUA Journey down spectacular State Highway 6, that stretches 435km along the rugged Tasman shoreline. LAKE MAHINAPUA-FRANZ JOSEF Continue along the beautiful West Coast of New Zealand through forests and past the towering Southern Alps to glacier country and Franz Josef. FREE DAY Take a free day to experience the unbelievable views of the glacier and Alps with hikes, scenic helicopter flights and skydiving. FRANZ JOSEF-WANAKA Start out early to catch the perfect mirror reflection of Mt Cook and the Southern Alps on Lake Matheson. WANAKA-QUEENSTOWN Get your brain working at Puzzling World and its on to the world’s first commercial bungy site - the Kawarau Bridge. MILFORD SOUND an unforgettable one and a half hour boat cruise exploring soaring peaks and towering waterfalls. QUEENSTOWN-LAKE TEKAPO Stop to admire Mt Cook at Lake Pukaki, then through to Lake Tekapo with its snow-capped Alps and clear starry skies. LAKE TEKAPO-CHRISTCHURCH  A straight run into Christchurch, our largest city in the South Island.

$923.78 Cultural & Theme Tours

Flexible Fully Guided New Zealand Bus Pass - Loop Pass & Bay Of Islands

AUCKLAND-PAIHIA Head up to the winterless north. PAIHIA-AUCKLAND Spend the morning at the beach, and arrive into town in time for dinner. AUCKLAND-HOT WATER BEACH Head out of Auckland towards the Coromandel Peninsula and spend the afternoon at Cathedral Cove. Stay at Hot Water Beach where you can dig your own hot pool in the sand. HOT WATER BEACH-WAITOMO Today visit the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. WAITOMO-ROTORUA Stop off at The Shires Rest where you can take a tour through the enchanting Hobbiton Movie Set. Tonight, don’t miss the chance to stay overnight at Tamaki Marae in Rotorua. ROTORUA-TAUPO Taupo is known as the adventure capital of the North Island. FREE DAY Get up before the sun and hike one of New Zealand’s great walks, the Tongariro Crossing! Home to Mt Doom the scenery is sure to blow you away on this 8 hour hike. TAUPO-RIVER VALLEY Situated amongst towering cliffs and bush- clad hills, the lodge offers grade five rafting and scenic horse riding. RIVER VALLEY-WELLINGTON New Zealand’s capital city of culture, the arts, restaurants, fashion and nightlife. WELLINGTON-ABEL TASMAN Take the ferry across to the South Island through the magnificent Marlborough Sounds. Travel through vineyards to Kaiteriteri, a great spot to begin an adventure into the National Park. ABEL TASMAN-WESTPORT Spend the morning kayaking out to Split Apple Rock and along the golden bays near Kaiteriteri. This afternoon stop at the Nelson Lakes to get your legendary wharf jumping shot, before hitting surf town Westport. WESTPORT-LAKE MAHINAPUA Journey down spectacular State Highway 6, that stretches 435km along the rugged Tasman shoreline. LAKE MAHINAPUA-FRANZ JOSEF Continue along the beautiful West Coast of New Zealand through forests and past the towering Southern Alps to glacier country and Franz Josef. FREE DAY Take a free day to experience the unbelievable views of the glacier and Alps with hikes, scenic helicopter flights and skydiving. FRANZ JOSEF-WANAKA Start out early to catch the perfect mirror reflection of Mt Cook and the Southern Alps on Lake Matheson. WANAKA-QUEENSTOWN Get your brain working at Puzzling World and its on to the world’s first commercial bungy site - the Kawarau Bridge. QUEENSTOWN-LAKE TEKAPO Stop to admire Mt Cook at Lake Pukaki, then through to Lake Tekapo with its snow-capped Alps and clear starry skies. LAKE TEKAPO-CHRISTCHURCH  A straight run into Christchurch, our largest city in the South Island. WELLINGTON-TAUPO Today has beautiful rivers,lakes and Lord of the Rings landscapes! TAUPO-AUCKLAND Stop at Kiwi Encounter, and get up close and personal with our national icon, the Kiwi bird.