Lake Tekapo Scenic Reserve

Lake Tekapo Scenic Reserve



15 Rankers Reviews

13 Face-to-Face

154 Walking

4 Lake Tekapo



Pines Beach - Lake Tekapo


Time: up to an hour for each walk, each way

There are several short walks in the Lake Tekapo Scenic Reserve that run along the lake front.

Domain Walk: The track starts at the Main Road Bridge and follows the lake shore to finish at the Skating Rink. There are information boards informing walkers of the area's history. You'll pass the hydro outlet and continue towards the campground and skating rink.

Cowans Hill Track: The track starts at the Main Road Bridge and follows the terraced edge of the Tekapo River towards the plantation behind the township. You'll head through forest, open country with tussock grassland to finish up in Cowan’s Hill carpark.

Pines Beach Walk: From Cowan’s Hill carpark, head to Pines Beach then on the Church of the Good Shepherd. The walkway begins at a stile opposite the junction of the carpark road with SH 8.

Great for a bit of casual family fun!


Feature Value Info


South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieLake Tekapo


  • Walking
  • Free



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Lieke vol Velde


Ranking: 7/10

Nice view of Mt Cook, you need to have good weather!

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Katharina Schick


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful lake with a nice colour!

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in April 2016

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Matt Newby

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Ranking: 10/10

Great place for a MTB ride with lots of tracks criss crossing a compact area, suitable for kids, yet great XC fun for more experienced riders. Fenced off dog exercise area among the pine trees. Also great for a walk or just relax by the lake. There is a permanent orienteering course here ( for info and maps) to make the day out even more enjoyable, and the easy course are suitable for anyone to have a go. Toilet at car park is newish and clean.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Cora and Franzi


Ranking: 8/10

Very few tourists, so good location to have a relaxing walk.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Sofia Anderson


Ranking: 10/10

Very beautiful and scenic!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Evelina Johansson


Ranking: 10/10

This is the absolute most beautiful lake EVER! Love it.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Andrea Morello


Ranking: 8/10

So far my favourite lake in New Zealand. The mix of mountains, wildlife and colour of this place are unique.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Ranking: 10/10

I will never forget the colour of the lake.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Ranking: 10/10

So beautiful! In the night you can watch a fantastic sky with a lot of stars.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Gina Lisi


Ranking: 10/10

Favourite place. Nice to swim in.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Billy Koichopolos


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing blue water, swam to a rock.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Ranking: 10/10

Incredible colour of the water and nice landscapes.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Mette, Bo, Viktor & Olivia Seligmann


Ranking: 10/10

Nice, nice, nice!! Bring your lunch and a picnic blanket, many nice spots around the lake. If you have kids, don't miss the small aerial ropeway just by the water (opposite side from the church).

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Nick Morrison

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