Tours & activities in and around Lake Tekapo

From astronomy tours, to ice-skating, horse-trekking, farm tours and scenic flights, Tekapo has a lot on offer whatever the season.


Chameleon Stargazing

A budget and family friendly option, with each tour customised to meet the individual interests of participants. Experienced local astronomy guides/photographers can operate at your Discover Tekapo holiday home - no need to leave!  An unforgettable experience for small, personal groups of family and friends.  Camouflage into the night sky with Chameleon Stargazing!


Dark Sky Project 

Experience the wonders of the universe with Dark Sky Project, on a night-time Observatory Tour 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. 


Alpha CruX- Stargazing & Astrophotography

Offering fully mobile private astronomy tours, astrophotography tours and photo editing tuition.  Take a look at some of the most fascinating stars and deep sky objects in the southern night sky, with the use of a laser and a high-powered telescope and without the hassle of having to leave your property.


Silver River Stargazing 

Experience 100% pure darkness on our 25,000 acre farmland right in Tekapo, within the boundaries of the gold rated Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.  1.5-hour stargazing tours (infants & kids welcome) where the guide will take you a journey through the southern sky using laser pointers & powerful 14” Celestron telescopes, and a digital picture of you under stars which is yours to keep.  Low ‘people to telescope’ ratio on both stargazing and astrophotography tours.


Tekapo Stargazing

The ultimate in stellar relaxation, guided hot pools and star gazing experience with Tekapo Springs. Learn about the southern skies with a guide and telescopes then lie under the stars on a floating hammock in 38 degree hot pool!


Billy The Bard

Local character, Billy the Bard entertains visitors at dusk on the shores of Lake Tekapo with story, poetry and song. Hear of local legends past and present. See the stars as they appear in the night sky during this stary-telling busk.  Welcome one and all to the Tekapo Solar Circle each fine eve.  Long weekends and holiday periods; times change with the season - check Facebook page for updates.  Dress warm, bring a blanket, a dram and ya gran!  Attendance by koha/donation.

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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.


Tekapo Springs 

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. Outdoor ice skating rink and a 150-metre snow tube in autumn & winter. Café & bar on-site.


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.


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.  


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.


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! 


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.  



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, and a frisbee golf course!  BYO frisbee and download a course map here.

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BeSpoke Bikes

Tekapo based bike repairs, bike and gear rental, Alps to Ocean (A2O) support, luggage transfers, shuttle services and vehicle relocation. Specialists in tailored tours from half day to multi-day.


Paddle Tekapo 

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



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

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


Cairns 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.


Mackenzie Golf Club

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



"The view was lovely and looking at it from the comfort of the big recliner chairs was very relaxing. A very well equipped house, with all of the comforts of home."

Cass Crib, Anonymous (NZ), June 2019