Getting to and around Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo is located in the legendary 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:

For getting around once at Tekapo, view and download maps of the area here!


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"Highly recommended to everyone. Great location, great communication, great place to stay. Our dog was also allowed which was great. We arrived late at Tekapo, and the place was warm and cosy. Everything was just great. Really enjoyed our stay :)"

Lilybank Cottage, B (NZ), July 2021