Lake Tekapo

Tours & Activities

From ice-skating to horse-trekking, farm tours to scenic flights and alpine hiking to cycle tours, Tekapo has a lot on offer whatever the season. The perfect fun-filled family destination for adventurous kids big & small, there is no end of activities to entertain, inspire and rejuvenate.

For information on stargazing & astrophotography tours click here.

The Grand Traverse © Air Safaris

Air Safaris

Air Safaris offer a range of scenic flights showcasing the local area, Mount Cook and the glaciers of the Aoraki Mount Cook and Westland National Parks.

Cycling the Richmond Trail © BeSpoke

BeSpoke Bike Tours

Local specialists in tailored cycling tours, from half day to multi-day.

Based in Tekapo, a start point for the famous Alps2Ocean Cycle Trail, BeSpoke offers small group tours for a six or seven day cycling experience.  Or if you are short on time, choose from a great range of epic day trips around Lake Tekapo, Benmore, the Mackenzie Pass or the Richmond Trail.

Hiking Lake Tekapo © Alpine Recreation

Alpine Recreation

Based in Lake Tekapo, we offer a range of guided hikes, alpine treks and ascents in the Lake Tekapo area as well as in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Professional mountain guides teach courses on mountaineering, rock climbing or backcountry skiing skills. Two private huts and provision of gear make it easy to plan a memorable mountain holiday. Trek, climb, ski with professionals!

Fish Tekapo

Fish Tekapo

Join Fish Tekapo’s experienced guides for an unforgettable fishing experience in world-class fishing spots.  Offering a variety of fishing tours.

Tekapo Springs Ice Skating Rink

Ice Skating Rink

Experience the joy of ice skating on Tekapo Springs spacious outdoor rink, with views of Lake Tekapo and the surrounding mountains.

‘Penguin’ frames available for children, making learning fun!   Take a break around the rink-side tables and open fire, or refuel at the onsite Altitude 720 Cafe & Bar.

Whiskey the pig © Lake Tekapo Farm Tours

Lake Tekapo Farm Tours

An off-road farm experience like no other! A high-country guided farm tour (max 11 guests) that takes you on an exciting 2-hour adventure, filled with epic landscapes, a variety of farmyard animals and the chance to explore remote areas on this vast 25,000 acre property located just outside of Tekapo. Your guide will share colourful stories and historic facts about the farmland and its residents.

Horse trekking © Alpine Horse Treks

Mackenzie Alpine Horse Trekking

Enjoy a horseback ride through the tussock grasslands, glacial lakes & forests of the Mackenzie Country. Choose from a 1 hour, 2 1/2 hour, 4 hour or full day trek. Experience breathtaking views of Lake Tekapo and the Southern Alps.

Mount Cook flights © Mackenzie Helicopters

Mackenzie Helicopters

Seeking adventure in the rugged Mackenzie High Country? We’re the go-to helicopter operator for heli-skiing, hunting and other backcountry pursuits.

Hunting © Mid Southern Tracks

Mid Southern Tracks Ltd

Free range and fair chase hunting for Tahr, Chamois, Red Deer and small game. Many years of experience and exclusive hunting areas ensure a very high success rate! Nature tours with a difference into remote valleys of the Mount Cook region.

Animal Petting Farm

Petting Farm

The animal petting farm at The Cairns has classic Kiwi farm animals like cows, sheep and three friendly alpacas: Alpacacino, Alpacapunch and Chewpaca.  Animal food is provided with every entry to hand feed them, and they are so friendly you can get great pictures!

Tekapo Springs Snow Tubing

Snow tube park & play area

Fun for the whole family! A thrilling ride down a 150-metre snowy slope on a tube.

This winter a new snow play area will also be available, where visitors of all ages can play in the snow, make snowmen, go down a gentle hill on little toboggans or explore a snow cave.

Located at Tekapo Springs, open from April until October, all weather dependent.

© Tekapo Adventures

Tekapo Adventures

Explore Tekapo’s backcountry wilderness on a Scenic 4WD Tour. Travel in style and comfort in World Class 4WD vehicles offering you access to private and remote High Country wilderness you wouldn’t otherwise be able to experience. Departs from Village Centre.

Tekapo Shuttle

Tekapo Shuttle

Embark on unforgettable adventures, witness breathtaking landscapes, and create lasting memories with Tekapo Shuttles.

Offering self-guided day trips to Aoraki Mount Cook, transfers between Tekapo & Mount Cook, and short tours around Tekapo village & up Mount John to the observatory.  Charter trips also available on request.

Tekapo Springs Hot Pools

Tekapo Springs Hot Pools

The perfect mix of relaxation and recreation! Soak up the views from three hot pools or chill out in the cooler pools of the Aqua Play Area. Detox in the steam and sauna rooms or indulge yourself at the day spa.