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Top Choice Cafe in Lake Tekapo

Astro Café

This glass-walled pavilion atop Mt John has spectacular 360-degree views across the entire Mackenzie Basin – it's quite possibly one of the planet's best locations for a cafe. Tuck into bagels with local salmon or f…
Church in Lake Tekapo

Church of the Good Shepherd

The picture window behind the altar of this pretty stone church (built in 1935) gives worshippers a distractingly divine view of the lake and mountains; needless to say, it's a firm favourite for weddings. Come earl…
Japanese in Lake Tekapo

Kohan

Despite its basic decor, this is one of Tekapo's best dining options, both for its distracting lake views and its authentic Japanese food, including fresh-off-the-boat sashimi. Leave room for the handmade green-tea …
Cafe in Lake Tekapo

Run 76

Classic breakfast dishes (until 2.30pm), a cabinet full of cakes, pies and sandwiches, good espresso and free wi-fi are all reasons to visit this petite cafe. Gourmet deli items – including freshly baked ciabatta – …
Bar in Lake Tekapo

Mackenzie's Bar & Grill

While full immersion on the menu front is not necessarily advisable, this tidy gastro-pub-style establishment is a safe bet for a few cold ones and some bar snacks. The views are grand, particularly from the deck ov…