Lake Tekapo in New Zealand.

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.

Lake Tekapo - Church of the Good Shepherd - New Zealand

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.

Lake Tekapo - Church of the Good Shepherd - New Zealand

Lake Tekapo - Church of the Good Shepherd - 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.

Lake Tekapo - New Zealand

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.

Lake Tekapo - New Zealand

Lake Tekapo - New Zealand

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 - Bronze collie sheep dog - New Zealand

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?

6 responses to “Lake Tekapo in New Zealand.

  1. I loved Lake Tekapo! I forgot how beautiful it was there.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Awesome pics man..Love the last one… PS…the background of your thumbnail looks awfully familiar:)

    • Thanks! Loved seeing the collie dog from a distance. Didn’t realize their importance to the area til then.

      Yep on the pic. 🙂 Right in the heart of the ATL right by the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium! Love that park.

  3. Pretty much exactly what I remember from Lake Tekapo! Did you by any chance make it up to the observatory and look down on the Lake from there? Amazing view.

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