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Lake Tekapo Walks

See what Lake Tekapo and surrounds has to offer by foot! Turquoise lakes, 360 degree views at Mount John, stunning mountain scenery and the historic Church of the Good Shepherd are just a few of the highlights to discover.

Cowans Hill Walkway

360 degree views of the surrounding countryside from the top of Cowans Hill. Views of Lake Tekapo and mountains.

Walk level:
Tramping track

Duration of walk:
1-2 hours.

Start location:
Start at Lake Tekapo township, cross the bridge leading into town and turn right up the path which starts just on the Eastern side of the bridge.

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Lake Tekapo Walkway

Stunning views across Lake Tekapo and surrounding mountains, including the Church of the Good Shepherd. An easily accessible walk where you can stop along the way at one of the nice cafes in Lake Tekapo.

Duration of walk:
1 hour.

Start location:
Eastern end of Lake Tekapo township lakefront.

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Mount John Summit Track

360 degree views over Lake Tekapo, Lakes McGregor and Alexandrina, the Mackenzie Basin and across to the Southern Alps. Mount John Observatory including information panels. Stop and enjoy delicious food and beverages at Astro cafe at the top of Mount John

Walk level:
Tramping track

Duration of walk:
2 - 3.5 hours (2 options).

Start location:
From the centre of Lake Tekapo township, head west on State Highway 8 and take the first right down Lakeside Drive (opposite Peppers Bluewater Resort). Drive along this road and just before the hot pools complex car park you will see a DOC sign on the left marking the start of the track.

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Richmond Trail

The trail travels along an old glacial terrace, with stunning views of Lake Tekapo and surrounding mountains

Walk level:
Tramping track

Duration of walk:
4 hours.

Start location:
Transport is required to get to the start and end points of this trail. From Lake Tekapo, start to head east on State Highway 8 and turn left onto Lilybank Road just before you leave the town.

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Peninsula Walkway

Lovely views of Lake Tekapo, Mount John, and surrounding mountains.

Walk level:
Tramping track

Duration of walk:
2.5 hours.

Start location:
From Lake Tekapo township, head west on State Highway 8 and take a right turn onto Godley Peaks Road. Continue on this road for a few minutes and there is a car park area on the right, near Lake McGregor.

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Before you begin exploring the walks in the region make sure you know the New Zealand Department of Conservation Outdoor Safety Code.