Getting to Tekapo

Lake Tekapo is located in the Mackenzie District in the heart of Aotearoa's South Island, just 3 hours drive from Christchurch, Dunedin or Queenstown.

Driving from:

  • Christchurch: drive south on Highway 1. Turn off at Geraldine and follow Highway 79 through to Fairlie.  Don't pass by without sampling a world-famous Fairlie Bakehouse Pie!  Turn right on to Highway 8 at Fairlie and carry on anoher 30 mins to Lake Tekapo.   
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  • Queenstown: drive north along Highway 6 to Cromwell. Take Highway 8a past the Cromwell township, across Lake Dunstan to Highway 8. Turn left on to Highway 8 through Omarama and Twizel to Lake Tekapo.   
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  • Dunedin: drive north along Highway 1 to Pareora River Rd in Saint Andrews. Continue on Pareora River Rd. Take Pareora Gorge Rd to State Highway 8 in Cave. Turn left onto State Highway 8 (signs for Route 8/Fairlie).
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Public transport options:
A number of coach, bus and mini bus services are available from major centres in the South Island:


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"The place is quite new with all the essential amenities. The main bedroom offers lake view. It is about 20 mins walk to the Church of the Good Shepherd in a quiet, newly developed residential area. Discover Tekapo is a great host, the two ladies we s..."

Nordic Escape, Linda (Australia), December 2019