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Timaru to Lake Tekapo Scenic Day Tour

Timaru to Lake Tekapo Scenic Day Tour

By Tekapo Adventures
This tour is created for Cruise Ship Passengers wanting to get to Lake Tekapo inclusive of transportation and a guided experience. You'll explore the magnificent High Country scenery of Lake Tekapo and The Mackenzie Basin on this small group sightseeing tour, with transportation from Timaru to Lake Tekapo and return. Stop in at the Church of the Good Shepherd, and take a journey up a private rd to get amazing 360degree views of The Mackenzie Basin at Mt John. You'll have time at your own leisure in Tekapo to enjoy a walk along the lake or grab lunch in town at your own expense. This sightseeing tour offers plenty of opportunities at all the key destinations and also a few private access photo locations, along less populated areas of Lake Tekapo. Capture the essence of this dramatic scenery by travelling with us and our charismatic driver guides, who will share with you the remarkable history, geology and stories of what makes the Mackenzie Country so special.

Ages 2-95, max of 10 per group
Duration: 7h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English

  • Private transportation
  • Local in depth commentary of The Mackenzie Country, Access to private roads with breathtaking views
  • Access Mt. John Scenic Road, Amazing 360 Views of The Mackenzie Country
  • Return to cruise ship port minimum 1 hour before departure
  • Transportation from Timaru to Lake Tekapo and return
  • Entry/Admission - Mount John University Observatory
What's not included
  • No food provided on tour, there will be time for guests to enjoy lunch in Lake Tekapo during your free time.

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • Please take the Cruise Ship Shuttle service to the Timaru I site. Your small group tour bus will be located just across the street from the shuttle drop-off at the Timaru I Site. Your Driver will have an identified shirt on and a sign to help you identify him. All tours will ensure travelers will be returned to the I site in Timaru by a minimum of 1 hour before the departure time of your ship ( in some tours, this may mean a 6-hour return tour).
    Port pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
    • Timaru Information Centre, 2 George Street, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
    Additional pickup options
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included pickup points.
    • 2 George Street, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Stroller accessible
      • Near public transportation
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 102427P3

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Most travellers can participate
      • Travel time is included in the total duration of the tour.
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 102427P3

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      About the operator
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      • Tekapo Adventures
        Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
        Joined in January 2018
      • 275lanej
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fantastic Trip to the High Country
        Thanks to Tekapo Adventures for a wonderful day in the Cass River Valley. The tour wound up through the beautiful Glenmore Sheep Station in a rugged and comfortable 4WD rig expertly piloted by Ben. Making our way up the valley we traversed hills and river going higher and higher as Ben talked about the topography, geology, biology and history of the area. We end our climb in a memorable visit to the Waterfall Sheep Herders Cabin. We’ve done a lot of guided tours while in New Zealand and this was a standout! We absolutely recommend this trip!
        Written 19 March 2024
      • leee59
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Forget Planes, Trains and Automobiles… this covers more in three hours!
        Outstanding adventure, loved it. Comfy vehicle that didn’t disappoint. Lakes, huts, homesteads and of corse that Whittakers choccie!
        Written 14 March 2024
      • Alan P
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A great tour
        A fantastic experience. Well done to Ben for being so informative. Great to see a large working farm and the surrounding scenery. Highly recommended.
        Written 14 March 2024
      • habzi
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Beautiful scenery
        A perfect way to see Lake Tekapo and surroundings from a different perspective. We were taken on a drive throught the merino sheep farms, river valley, we got to see beautiful views of entire Lake Tekapo. We also learned about the birds, the inhabitants of the valley. It was a very enjoyable afternoon.
        Written 13 March 2024
      • Thomas H
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        4WD tour across 19,000 hectares Glenmore Station
        Undoubtedly, one of our highlights when we visited the South Island of New Zealand. We learned so much about the ecosystem and Merino sheep farming. The scenery was truly amazing. I can highly recommend Tekapo Adventures.
        Written 18 February 2024
      • MBDUNLAP
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        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        4WD - no Land Rover
        We enjoyed our guide - extremely personable - HOWEVER don’t plan on the advised Land Rovers. We were told both were in the shop and we were uncomfortably put in the back of a Toyota-not a pleasurable ride. Didn’t want to hold it against our guide, but sent a message to the operator who basically reply “sorry, too bad”. Also - it was advertised with “Glacier” - not one - again operator said “clouds”.
        Written 1 February 2024
      • Leslie R
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great small group adventure!
        We had a fantastic experience as part of a small group of six touring the Cass Valley Back Country with Cristina yesterday. She was so knowledgeable and had personal connections with the owners of the private land that we were able to tour, giving us unique access to this stunning scenery. She stopped often to let us walk around, offered to take our picture and even treated us to chocolates and fresh spring water! Highly recommend!!
        Written 19 January 2024
      • Z7268BSrichardw
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Awesome tour of the Tekapo surroundings!
        Awesome tour! Got in some walking, lots of regional and natural history. The whole family really enjoyed the morning out.
        Written 9 January 2024
      • janineI6661JL
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Cass Valley 4WD Adventure
        Hi, We had a really interesting and informative afternoon with your guide who kept us attentive all the time. Apart from the amazing surrounds of the Cass Valley, it was very pleasant weather-wise which made the experience that much more enjoyable. We were with another couple and the fact that an advertised 3-hour experience actually lasted 5 hours plus was testament to your guide who clearly seemed to be enjoying the afternoon with us. Well recommended advernture. Janine & Mike
        Written 9 December 2023
      • Inspire8271
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        So much fun! A must do
        We absolutely loved this trip and the best part was our guide! Chris was outstanding!!!!! A must! Amazing scenery and we learned so much!
        Written 29 November 2023
      • bevcN2518BP
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great experience in McKenzie Country
        Amazing views. Our driver/guide was full of information on the animals, geology of the area and other local facts. Driving in the Landrover topped a great trip.
        Written 13 November 2023
      • CVBAILEY
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A Don’t Miss Adventure
        One of the highlights of our New Zealand trip. Ben is incredibly knowledgeable and we loved every minute of our adventure. My husband said Ben’s flat white at the cabin was one of the best he’s had in NZ. We recommend that you book with Tekapo Adventure. It felt like our friend was giving us a tour of the place he loved and now we do too!
        Written 11 November 2023
      • Culture29148
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Braemar Station excursion
        It was a beautiful morning exploring Braemar Station with Ben and another couple . He’s very knowledgeable on flora , fauna and history . I enjoyed it lots !
        Written 7 November 2023
      • Jim S
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        The Splendour of a New Zealand High Country Station.
        The Cass Valley 4WD tour to Waterfall Hut, through part of the 19200ha Glenmore Station was superb! Difficult to put into words how magnificent & unique the experience was. A Landscape photographers’s heaven! The Driver / Guide Paul was friendly & knowledgeable. Tour was scheduled for 3 hours but expanded to nearly 4 hours! Although the weather on the day was dull with weak sun, it did not detract from the experience. If anything the soft light added another dimension and made for good photography. Well worth a detour/visit to Lake Tekapo to go on the Tour. Given our experience would totally recommend.
        Written 4 June 2023
      • jollyrobert
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        The Good Shepherd
        This 4WD Tour of the Back Country was without doubt one of the most outstanding we experienced in our visit to South Island. We were picked up outside the Tekapo tourist office in the town centre, along with one other couple, prompt at 1.30pm. Chris, our driver, gave us a quick safety briefing, and we set off in our Land Rover Defender of a certain age, Turning west out of town, we headed up Godley Peaks road, past Mt John observatory, and after a couple miles parked up alongside Lake Tekapo whilst Chris pointed out the various salients we would visit on the tour. We found out that we would mainly tour Glenmore Station, a vast farm estate, and eventually end up at the shepherd's hut in the Cass Valley. Chris was a consummate and skilled storyteller, stopping to show off the various bird and other wild life as well as the semi-wild stock, sheep and cattle, the latter most difficult to round up particularly the youngsters. At times his skillful handling of our vehicle inspired mock terror as he drove up and down the hills and valleys, with the Land Rover defying gravity. He was clearly a very proud, articulate and knowledgeable Kiwi and you felt , like the Maori, he was part of the land rather than of it. it goes without saying that wherever we looked, whether stopped or moving, the views were extraordinary. On our arrival at the hut in the Cass, he once again surprised us by offering to make "nice cup of tea" using waters from a mountain spring, accompanied by a choice of chocolate goodies! He spoke poignantly about the life of the people that work on the stations, often alone with their dogs, sheltering from foul weather, as they drove the sheep off the mountain tops, down to safe pastures for the winter. This was a very profound, almost religious exxperience, in the company of a man we were very privileged to spend just a few hours with whilst in New Zealand.
        Written 24 April 2023
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