Activities in and around Tekapo

You will never get bored in Tekapo! There is a wide range of activities for you to do throughout the year!






Silver River stargazing - 48a D’Archiac Drive

t: 0800 782 742 // +64 (03) 680 6866  

Silver River™ is Tekapo’s leading small group 360° stargazing company.  Experience 100% pure darkness on our 25,000 acre farmland right here in Tekapo, all of which falls within the boundaries of the gold rated Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.  We have the lowest ‘people to telescope’ ratio on both our stargazing and astrophotography tours.  Join our 1.5-hour stargazing tour (infants & kids welcome) where your guide will take you a journey through the southern sky using laser pointers & our powerful 14” Celestron telescopes and will then take a digital picture of you under stars which is yours to keep. 


Dark Sky Project - 1 Motuariki Lane

t: +64 3 680 6960 / 0800 327 5759

Experience the wonders of the universe with Dark Sky Project.  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.  Dark Sky Project is all about learning and sharing their enthusiasm for the universe, and the science that gets us there. 


Tekapo Stargazing - 6 Lakeside Drive

t: 03 680 6579

The ultimate in stellar relaxation, Tekapo Star Gazing is the only guided hot pools and star gazing experience in New Zealand. Learn about the southern skies with telescopes then soak in the stars from a 38? hot pool!




Lake Tekapo Farm Tours - 48A D'archiac Drive

t: 03-680 6866

Raise your hand if you’re ready for an offroad farm experience like no other!  Enjoy a maximum of 11 guests on our high-country guided farm tour 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.


Tekapo Springs - 6 Lakeside Drive

t: 03 680 6579

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!


Mackenzie Alpine Horse Trekking - Godley Peaks Road 

 t:  021 134 1105 / 0800 628 269

Enjoy a horseback ride through the tussock grasslands, glacial lakes & forests of the Mackenzie Country. Choose from a 1,2 or 3.5 hour full day or overnight trek. Experience breathtaking views of Lake Tekapo and the Southern Alps.


Air Safaris - 8 Rapuwai Lane, Village Centre / Lake Tekapo Airport – SH8, 3km to the West of the township

t:  +64 3 680 6880 / 0800 806 880

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.  


Lake Tekapo Regional Park / Frisbee golf - Lilybank Road

t: +64 3 680 6857

The Park can be accessed by car from Lilybank Road or by foot and bicycle from the Lake Tekapo Township along the lake edge or from Cowans Hill.
 Nestled on the eastern shore of Lake Tekapo and with a backdrop of the Two Thumb Range, the Lake Tekapo Regional Park offers an array of recreation and leisure opportunities.




BeSpoke Bikes, Tekapo

T: 021 151 3742


Bike Repairs // Bike and gear rental // Alps to Ocean (A2O) support // Tailored tours from half day to multi-day // Luggage Transfers // Shuttle Services // Vehicle Relocation


Round Hill Skifield - 1858 Lilybank Road

 t: +64 3 680 6977

Roundhill is the perfect family Ski Area! It’s a scenic, lakeside 32km drive from the Tekapo Village to our ski field base lodge where you’ll find slope side parking, stunning views and all day sun. Our season runs from early July until mid-September. We look forward to seeing you!


Mt. Dobson Skifield - 1274 Fairlie – Tekapo Road

t: +64 3 281 5509

Ski and ride at Mt Dobson for natural dry powder snow, trails for all abilities and a huge learners area with all day sun and wide open uncrowded runs. On the mountain there is a full range of facilities. With a cafe, equipment and clothing rental and a Snow School with a team of international instructors who are passionate about skiing and boarding. 


Fishing - Kiwi Treasures Fishing

t: +64 3 680 6686

Licenses can be purchased at Kiwi Treasures, in the middle of the village. Fishing rods can be hired from Tailor Made Tekapo Backpackers Hostel. 


Tennis - Aorangi Crescent

Two full size artificial grass courts available year round. Racket and ball hire available from the reception of Tailor Made Tekapo Backpackers Hostel between 9am-7pm every day.


Cairns Golf Course - Sibbald Drive

t:  +64 21 329 885

The Cairns Golf Course is 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.  


Mackenzie Golf Club - Balmoral Golf Course State Highway 8 

t:  +64 3 680 6830

The Mackenzie Golf Club operates at the Balmoral Golf Course,situated 4km from Lake Tekapo. It boasts spectacular scenery being surrounded by snow capped mountains including Mt Cook. It is the highest 9 hole course golf course in New Zealand at 2,608 ft above sea level. Come and take the challenge!



A selection of walks in the Lake Tekapo area. On a fine day, these walks provide incredible views of the stunning turquoise-coloured lake and vistas to surrounding mountains.




Tekapo Jet 

t:  +64 22 634 6287 

Lake Tekapo Tekapo's unique jetboat experience gives you the opportunity to connect with New Zealand’s most beautiful lake 


Tekapo Adventures - Departs form Village Centre

t:  +64 020 4156 4900

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


Alpine Recreation - 30 Murray Place

t:  +64 3 680 6736 / 0800 006 096

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. Our professional mountain guides are very popular for courses teaching you mountaineering, rock climbing or backcountry skiing skills. Our two private huts and provision of gear make it easy to plan a memorable mountain holiday. Trek, climb, ski with professionals! 


Paddle Tekapo - Lakefront

t: 0276685388

Try Stand Up Paddle Boarding at stunning Lake Tekapo. Outstanding boards, excellent instruction and safe environment.

Now kayaks available for hire


Mid Southern Tracks Ltd - 14 Pioneer Drive

t:  +64 3 680 6774

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.  


"New property with fantastic views. Spacious, clean and very good facilities. Close to town so you can walk to local restaurants and hotel."

Walter Black Place, Keith (Australia), March 2019