Lake Tekapo

Sport, Recreation & Wellness

Escape to the tranquility of Lake Tekapo for a few days of wellness, exploration or simply relaxing & soaking up the rejuvenating alpine environment. Practice mindfulness sitting by the lake surrounded by the stunning mountain scenery.  Immerse yourself in the glacial waters of Lake Tekapo for the renown benefits of cold water therapy.  Paddle the still waters on a kayak or paddle board, or enjoy a round of golf at one of the most scenic courses in the New Zealand.  Try your hand at fishing for trout & salmon in the lake or connecting Mackenzie canals. Cycle or wander the trails in the ever-changing forest of Lake Tekapo Regional Park.

Lake Tekapo is the perfect destination to re-charge your mind, body & soul.

The inaugural Tekapo Wellness Festival will be held in May 2024, including guest speakers, workshops and activities around nature, food, movement and inspiration.


BeSpoke Bike Tours

BeSpoke Bikes

Tekapo based bike and gear rental, Alps to Ocean (A2O) support, luggage transfers, shuttle services, bike repairs and vehicle relocation.

The Cairns Golf Course © Hollie Woodhouse

Cairns Alpine Resort Golf Course

Designed to be a fun golf course, with strategy being a key objective whilst taking in some stunning views of the Mackenzie Basin and Tekapo area. The design concept is similar to many of the old Scottish courses. Located above Tekapo Village on Sibbald Drive.

Glacial Day Spa © Tekapo Springs

Glacial Day Spa

Experience total relaxation and rejuvenation at Tekapo Spring’s day spa, offering a full range of treatments designed to enhance and maintain your health and beauty. Each of the 4 therapy rooms features views of the hot pools, Lake Tekapo and the mountain ranges.

© Paddle Tekapo

Paddle Tekapo

Try Stand Up Paddle Boarding or Kayaking in Lake Tekapo. Outstanding boards, excellent instruction and safe environment.

Operating on all fine days during summer (Labour Weekend – Easter) from the water’s edge, in front of the campground on Lakeside Drive.

Wellness Retreats © Tekapo Wellness

Tekapo Wellness

Add a touch of wellness to your stay in Tekapo with a personalised yoga class, whole-foods cooking workshop, or a guided adventure into the hills. Tekapo Wellness can design a bespoke package for you and your friends, family, or staff that will leave you feeling refreshed and restored.


A variety of great fishing opportunities abound in Lake Tekapo, it’s numerous tributaries and the 58kms of canals connecting it to Lakes Pukaki & Ohau.  All are home to brown and rainbow trout, which grow to epic proportions. Plus you have a reasonable chance of catching a salmon in the canals!

Lake fishing is open all year round, with canal fishing available from November – April.  Temporary fishing licenses can be purchased at Kiwi Treasures in the middle of the village. Fishing rods can be hired from Tailor Made Tekapo Backpackers Hostel.


Frisbee Golf

Located in the Lake Tekapo Regional Park within walking distance of the village.  BYO frisbee and download a disc golf course map here.

Tekapo Regional Park © Hollie Woodhouse

Lake Tekapo Regional Park

Nestled on the eastern shore of Lake Tekapo the Regional Park offers an array of recreation opportunities, including walking & mountain bike tracks, picnic spots, dog park and a frisbee golf course!

Mackenzie Golf Club

Mackenzie Golf Club

The Mackenzie Golf Club is located at the highest 9 hole course golf course in New Zealand, at 2,608 ft above sea level!  Surrounded by snow capped mountains including Aoraki Mt Cook, the course boasts spectacular scenery.  Come and take the challenge at the Balmoral Golf Course, SH8 4km south of Lake Tekapo.

Mini Golf @ Tekapo Springs

Mini Golf

Brand-new adventure 18-hole mini golf course located at Tekapo Springs ice rink over the summer months. Open 11am – 7pm weekdays, 10am – 7pm weekends.


Two full size artificial grass tennis courts are freely available year round, behind the Community Hall on Aorangi Cres. Racket and ball hire available from the reception of nearby Tailor Made Tekapo Backpackers Hostel between 9am-7pm every day.