About Tekapo

Lake Tekapo is renowned for it's stunning night sky, beautiful scenery and unbeatable climate! The area offers a wide range of activities throughout the year, including the following:

Earth & Sky – Window to the universe!
Experience the wonders of the universe with Earth & Sky.  Join us on one of our famous Night-time Observatory Tours at one of two dedicated locations in the heart of the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.  With tours at University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory and Cowan’s Observatory on offer, you’ll have plenty of programs from which to choose.  Earth & Sky is all about learning and sharing their enthusiasm for the universe, and the science that gets us there. And what better place to set your imagination free and your spirits soaring skyward than the award-winning Astro-Cafe.  

Air Safaris - Spectacular Scenic Flights
Air Safaris has operated alpine flightseeing throughout the world heritage national parks of Aoraki Mount Cook and Westland Tai Poutini since 1970. The iconic Air Safaris Grand Traverse scenic flight provides the opportunity to view New Zealand’s highest peaks and longest glaciers. You can catch the Grand Traverse flight from either of Air Safaris’ modern facilities located within the South Island of New Zealand at Lake Tekapo and Franz Josef.

Tekapo Springs Pools - Relaxation at its Best!
Tekapo Springs 5 pools range from 27 - 40 ºC and are open daily from 10am. Entry entitles you to an all day pass where you can come and go as freely as you like within our operating hours.

Tekapo Springs Ice Skating
Tekapo Springs operates one of New Zealand's most scenic skating rinks. The outdoor Olympic Hockey sized rink is open from April - September.
Admission to the rink covers all day skating and your skates and helmet are all part of the admission cost. If you have not tried skating before or you want to brush up on your skills we offer private individual lessons on request.

Roundhill Ski Field
Ski or Snowboard in the heart of the South Island of New Zealand. Roundhill is a fantastic family ski field with breathtaking views of Aoraki Mt Cook, the Southern Alps and Lake Tekapo.  Roundhill is a place that friends and family meet to enjoy a relaxing day on the slopes. Learners and little ones can head to the massive beginners area featuring a platter lift and 2 beginners rope tows for a fun and gentle way to find their feet in the snow.
The 2 T-Bars give access to loads of super wide, perfectly groomed intermediate trails with lots of natural dips and curves making for fun and interesting skiing and riding.  For the more adventurous, head up the world’s (yes that’s right!) longest and steepest rope tow and see what Australasia’s biggest vertical drop (783m) is all about. Offering super long natural half pipes, chutes this is skiing and riding at its best.
For the freestylers, Central Park has jumps, rollers, rails and boxes for most abilities.
The ticket office opens at 8:30am and lifts are open from 9am – 4pm.

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"The most important thing to note is the view. BREATHTAKING. Spent both nights drinking wine on the veranda and just watching the sunset. Even get to see Mt Cook's peak from here. Definitely worth driving out of Tekapo to this lovely spot."

Middle Hut, ASV, January 2014