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.
Experience Tekapo Springs for the perfect mix of relaxation and recreation in the stunning alpine environment of Lake Tekapo! Soak up the mountain and lake views from the three hot pools or chill out in the cooler pools with Aqua Play Area. Detox in the steam and sauna rooms or indulge yourself with a massage or facial at the luxurious day spa. Keep your fitness up on the spacious outdoor ice skating rink, or experience the thrill of a 150-metre snow tube! Refuel at our café & bar and try the in-house 720 coffee blend, the highest-altitude roasted coffee in New Zealand. An exciting new summer activity will launch in December 2019!
Tekapo Star Gazing
Soak in the stars on New Zealand’s only guided hot pools and star gazing experience! Tekapo Star Gazing operates from the renowned facilities of Tekapo Springs, combining the stunning Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve with our soul-warming hot pools.
A two-hour experience, the first half of this guided tour introduces you to Tekapo’s amazing night skies with high-powered telescopes and a unique combination of astronomy and storytelling. The second half of the tour takes place in a 38? hot pool; relax on a floating hammock and feel like you’re soaking in the stars as you explore the wonder of night skies. Our guides tell stories about the stars and are there to answer your questions about the universe. This tour includes a free shuttle service within Tekapo, hot drinks, towels and swimwear if needed.
Roundhill Ski Area
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.
Tekapo Adventures - Scenic 4WD Tours
Explore the outstanding natural landscapes of the Mackenzie Country. Tekapo Adventures Scenic 4WD Tours offer guests private access to some of the most beautiful and remote High Country near Lake Tekapo.
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"We loved everything about Castle Hall and will look at booking again soon for next July! Lovely and warm with the heat pumps in the hallway. Nice not having to constantly think about getting wood dried for a wood fire etc. Plenty of crockery and ..."
Castle Hall, Trish, July 2017