Local Maori were the first people to venture into the Mackenzie Country where they hunted eels, birds, and the extinct Moa before they returned to the coast side for food and trade dealings. The capture of Scotsman, James McKenzie in 1855 for being in “the company of a thousand stolen sheep” as he rustled them with his dog Friday, through an isolated alpine pass into “a plain of immense extent” resulted in his deeds being immortalized and his name, albeit with a spelling change, applied to these highlands ever since. The famous sheep dog statue on the lake’s edge is in memory of the resilient mustering dogs “without the help of which the grazing of this mountainous country would be impossible.” Close by is The Church of the Good Shepherd built in 1935 to the glory of God as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie Country. Congregations of the three main faiths worship regularly in the Church, which offers stunning views of the lake and mountains through the altar window. The waters of the lake are harnessed for electricity through the Tekapo Canal, which flows 27km down to the Lake Pukaki powerhouse then onwards through the remarkable Waitaki Valley hydro system. In addition to the temptation of trout and salmon fishing, you may take pleasure in mountain biking, water sports, hiking trails, 4WD tours, skiing, snowboarding, scenic flights and golf. After a busy day, relax in quality accommodation or the convivial bars and restaurants.
Lake Tekapo activities include:
Scenic flights, both fixed wing and helicopter, into the Mt Cook Region Star watching and astronomy Shorter walking trails from the village, around the southern end of the lake Guided alpine climbing and hiking Skiing, both commercial, downhill and Nordic Horse trekking around Mt John Lake cruises Fishing on the lake or in its rivers and streams Hunting, especially the and chamois, along with smaller game Mountain biking Kayaking Ice skating, winter sports and hot pools Mini-golf, golf and golf cross Travel Guide New Zealand proudly presents this listing to you. Hopefully, when you visit Lake Tekapo and are looking for places to visit you will consider Lake Tekapo. And if you do decide to visit Lake Tekapo remember to come back to Travel Guide and share your experience.