Photos of Lake Tekapo: Is This New Zealand Most Beautiful Spot?

Lake Tekapo caught me by surprise, and without being too cliche, it took my breathe away.

Lake Tekapo New Zealand

Lake Tekapo with the snow capped mountains in June, 2009

The first time I saw it we were tired. We were in a hurry, making the 24 hour drive from Auckland to Wanaka without plans for sightseeing.  We were way too focused on our destination, and suddenly hungry. Lake Tekapo in the heart of the Mackenzie Country was a logical stop according to our map of New Zealand’s South Island. What we found was spectacular, so much more than just a meal.

Lake Tekapo New Zealand

Lake Tekapo New Zealand

Lake Tekapo New Zealand

Church of the Good Shepard on the shores of Lake Tekapo New Zealand

Church of the Good Shepard, built in 1935 on the shores of Lake Tekapo New Zealand

Thinking back to the journey, one which we have made five times, I am inspired to travel; to stop, to see the sights. After that initial trip, our travel return drives took weeks, or longer. We have explored much of the South Island, and never been disappointed.

Have you been to Lake Tekapo in New Zealand? Do you allow time to stop when you need to get from one place to another? Have you been to the South Island of New Zealand?

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Views of Lake Tekapo on the South Island of New Zealand in early winter with snow capped mountains in the background

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  1. says

    Oh, Rhonda, it looks like a stunning place. I would love to go and photograph Lake Tekapo with you someday! Cheers to the Weekend Travel Inspiration Gang!

  2. says

    Lake tekapo is one of my favorite places in NZ!! We spent the night there and the stars were incredible. Well, we also bring a “souvenir” called Liam from there 😛

  3. says

    This is on our list now of the many beautiful places we want to see and experience in New Zealand the remaining 10 months we are here! Finding the whole country so very beautiful 🙂

  4. says

    Wow, fantastic places to explore, I definitely would love to drive through most of these beautiful countryside and see those majestic mountains.

  5. says

    We drove by Lake Tekapo and stayed in Wanaka back in 1993. Your photos are much better than the ones I have. That area is so stunning that no picture can ever do it full justice and is a place you must visit in person. We did a 10 day tour of the South Island and one day I will make it back. We try to stop along the way on our travels and that is usually when we end up finding the coolest places by accident.

    Sean at His and Her Hobbies

  6. says

    we truly live in a beautiful country. This is one of my favourite places to visit, I’ve been to the Otago area twice now, Queenstown to be exact – just awesome!

  7. says

    We stayed overnight at Lake Tekapo in 2001 – had a lovely sail on the lake and also visited the observatory – not sure if the observatory is still there.

  8. says

    I have always wanted to visit New Zealand, after seeing your pictures of Lake Tekapo…wow stunning! Would love to stop and take the time to sit and enjoy such a magical place!

  9. says

    You made really beautiful pictures, stunning views!! I have never been in New Zealand. I would love to see it one day.
    Answering the question if we allow time to stop in a trip, I love stopping and view small villages and the nature, it is my boyfriend who likes to get as soon as possible from A to B. But if we are traveling by bike, he stops more often so I can take pictures on the way 🙂

  10. says

    Hi Rhonda, your photos of Lake Tekapo bring back a lot of happy memories. In particular, I love the colours and subject matter in your first image. Keep up the great photography, I look forward to following more of your adventures 🙂

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