Lake Tekapo — dramatic mountain scenery on the water
Surrounded by the peaks and glaciers of the Southern Alps, Lake Tekapo’s mountainous landscape will take your breath away. A tiny township stares across the lake’s milky blue water towards the icy mountains, providing a picture-perfect vantage point to take in the alpine scenery.
And the stunning sights don’t disappear at sunset — Lake Tekapo is a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, making it a sparkling star-gazing destination by night. You might even catch the Southern Lights on a clear evening.
YHA opened the brand new waterfront YHA Lake Tekapo in April 2019. We can’t wait to see you!
at a glance
Best known for
turquoise water and snow topped peaks
Did you know
under 400 people live in the township
Don't leave without
a dip in the hot pools under the stars
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