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Church of the Good Shepherd
Vacation Travel Guide

Church of the Good Shepherd showing a lake or waterhole, farmland and landscape views
Stop off at this charming church to enjoy stunning mountain views, appreciate some fine stone carving and learn its fascinating history. 

Take in the exceptional views of Lake Tekapo and the surrounding mountains with a visit to the beautiful Church of the Good Shepherd. Explore the small building’s simple but charming main chamber and chat with the vicar about the history of the local area. Be sure to walk around the grounds, taking in magnificent alpine views.

The Church of the Good Shepherd was constructed in 1935 after local residents donated land and funds for the building. Until then, they had held religious services in their own homes. It was built entirely with stone from the shores of Lake Tekapo and designed to encompass one of the most spectacular views in the area through the altar window. The church is interdenominational it is an active place of worship for three denominations.

Most visitors head straight for the clear-glass window in the altar, which perfectly frames the lake and surrounding snow-capped mountains. The view also includes the pine-covered Motuariki Island. Spend a while in the church’s peaceful main hall, where you will see a few small carvings and the simple altar. Note that you are not allowed to take photographs within the church. 

Step outside and stroll around the church’s scenic grounds. Locals say this is the most photographed church in New Zealand. With the gleaming waters of the lake reflecting the peaks of the mountains, you’ll find it hard to resist taking a photo of your own. 

The Church of the Good Shepherd is located 36 miles (58 kilometers) north of Twizel. The church is open daily and free to enter, although donations for the upkeep of the building are appreciated. Be aware that tours regularly stop here and the church can get busy, so it's best to come early if you want to enjoy the views in peace.

Stop off at this charming church to enjoy stunning mountain views, appreciate some fine stone carving and learn its fascinating history. 

Take in the exceptional views of Lake Tekapo and the surrounding mountains with a visit to the beautiful Church of the Good Shepherd. Explore the small building’s simple but charming main chamber and chat with the vicar about the history of the local area. Be sure to walk around the grounds, taking in magnificent alpine views.

The Church of the Good Shepherd was constructed in 1935 after local residents donated land and funds for the building. Until then, they had held religious services in their own homes. It was built entirely with stone from the shores of Lake Tekapo and designed to encompass one of the most spectacular views in the area through the altar window. The church is interdenominational; it is an active place of worship for three denominations.

Most visitors head straight for the clear-glass window in the altar, which perfectly frames the lake and surrounding snow-capped mountains. The view also includes the pine-covered Motuariki Island. Spend a while in the church’s peaceful main hall, where you will see a few small carvings and the simple altar. Note that you are not allowed to take photographs within the church.

Step outside and stroll around the church’s scenic grounds. Locals say this is the most photographed church in New Zealand. With the gleaming waters of the lake reflecting the peaks of the mountains, you’ll find it hard to resist taking a photo of your own.

The Church of the Good Shepherd is located 36 miles (58 kilometers) north of Twizel. The church is open daily and free to enter, although donations for the upkeep of the building are appreciated. Be aware that tours regularly stop here and the church can get busy, so it's best to come early if you want to enjoy the views in peace.

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Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park
Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park
2 out of 5
2 Lakeside Dr, Lake Tekapo, Canterbury
The price is ¥7,534 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Situated on a lake, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Tekapo and Tekapo Springs. Church of the Good Shepherd is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.
4.1/5Very Good! (29 reviews)
"Very accomodating staff member"

Reviewed on May 2, 2021

Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park
Peppers Bluewater Resort
Peppers Bluewater Resort
4.5 out of 5
State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo
The price is ¥10,696 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Situated in Lake Tekapo, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lake Tekapo, Church of the Good Shepherd, and Sheepdog Statue. Tekapo Springs and ...
4/5Very Good! (2,621 reviews)
"We enjoyed being so close to the town centre so that we could walk to the restaurants, shops and lake. We had a view of the lake which was stunning and a balcony to sit outside on a sunny day. Great. We were there at the end of May over a wet and cold few days and were disappointed with the heating ..."

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2021

Peppers Bluewater Resort
The Godley Hotel
The Godley Hotel
3 out of 5
State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo
The price is ¥9,496 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Tekapo and Church of the Good Shepherd. Tekapo Springs and Mount John Observatory are also ...
3.1/5 (979 reviews)
"Beautiful location and very close to lake and mountain. Best sunrise I have ever seen!!"

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2021

The Godley Hotel
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Tailor Made Tekapo Accommodation - Guesthouse & Hostel
Tailor Made Tekapo Accommodation - Guesthouse & Hostel
2 out of 5
11 Aorangi Crescent, Lake Tekapo
The price is ¥5,920 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
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Peppers Bluewater Resort
Peppers Bluewater Resort
4.5 out of 5
State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo
The price is ¥10,696 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
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3 out of 5
State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo
The price is ¥9,496 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
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Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park
Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park
2 out of 5
2 Lakeside Dr, Lake Tekapo, Canterbury
The price is ¥7,534 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
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Lake Tekapo Cottages
Lake Tekapo Cottages
3 out of 5
12 Sealy St, Lake Tekapo
The price is ¥9,384 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 29
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Mantra Lake Tekapo
Mantra Lake Tekapo
4 out of 5
1 Beauchamp Place, Lake Tekapo
The price is ¥13,387 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
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Lake Tekapo Village Motel
Lake Tekapo Village Motel
3.5 out of 5
Village Centre, State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo
The price is ¥11,302 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Lake Tekapo Village Motel
The Mackenzie Suites
The Mackenzie Suites
3.5 out of 5
67 Darchiac drive, Lake Tekapo
The price is ¥11,772 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
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Scott Street Apartments
Scott Street Apartments
3.5 out of 5
3 Scott Street, Lake Tekapo
The price is ¥10,696 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Scott Street Apartments
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