Driving along State Highway 8 in the middle of the South Island of New Zealand you’ll come across the southern end of Lake Tekapo and the village of the same name. The lake and village are a popular tourist destination with several resort hotel options.
Just off the highway and along the shoreline you’ll see a lot of people out of their cars. That means you’ll probably around the Church of the Good Shepherd.
The small church was built-in 1935 and is made of stone and wood. It’s one of the most photographed buildings in New Zealand.
People will come here from around the globe to get married because of the romantic setting. Inside the church there is an altar window that gives off great views of the lake, the mountains (some snow-capped), the greenery along the shoreline and the turquoise waters and blue sky.
Walking behind the church, you’ll see the aforementioned romantic setting that is Lake Tekapo. You’ll see the Southern Alps and Mt. Cook range off in the distance.
The turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo come from the rivers that flow into the lake from the north, coming in from the valleys of the Southern Alps fed by large melting glaciers.
Near the church there is a bronze statue of a New Zealand collie sheepdog which is looking out towards the lake. It’s a memorial to the hard-working collie dogs in the area. The farming, which dates back to the nineteenth century, of the countryside would have been unsuccessful without them.
Lake Tekapo was definitely worth the stop. Another lake in New Zealand with an amazing backdrop. Whenever on the open road going between Christchurch and Queenstown or Mt. Cook make sure to stop here. What is your favorite lake back drop? What churches have you seen with beautiful, romantic outdoor settings around them?