Tekapo is an alternate start of the Alps 2 Ocean Trail. The backdrop of rugged mountains and star-studded sky make Tekapo a great place to start your Alps 2 Ocean cycling adventure.
Tekapo is part of New Zealand’s UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve. Take advantage of Tekapo’s stunning views by walking one of the many trails, soaking in the hotpools, dining or simply taking a lakefront stroll.
Alps 2 Ocean Alternate Start
Starting your Alps 2 Ocean cycle at Tekapo’s alternate start is a great way to shorten day 1 or skip the heliflight across the Tasman River. For an alternate start, Follow the 54km trail section from the Tekapo township to Tekapo B power station to join up with the main trail at Lake Pukaki.
Hot Pools & Day Spa
Relax in the hot pools or unwind in the fully equipped Day Spa at Tekapo Springs. Grab a coffee and a bite to eat at the Tahr and Bar Cafe while you’re there.
Tekapo Springs: 6 Lakeside Dr, Lake Tekapo
Mt John Summit Track
The Mt John Summit Track is a 3hr (return) loop starting just down the road from Tekapo Springs. Climb to the top of Mt John for spectacular panoramic views of the Alps, Lakes and the Mackenzie Basin. If walkings not your thing you can drive up to the Mt John Observatory and take in the view from there
Mt John Observatory
For one of the best star gazing experiences in the world head to Mt John Observatory. Tekapo’s clear skies are unspoilt by light pollution offering amazing views of the southern lights and if your really lucky the Aurora Australis. Learn about the stars on a tour and see them up close through a telescope or take a blanket and look up at the sky.
Food & Drink
Mount John Observatory, Godley Peaks Rd, Lake Tekapo