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Church of the Good Shepherd

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Address: Pioneer Drive, Lake Tekapo 7949, New Zealand
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+64 3-685 8389

The Church of the Good Shepherd is situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo...

The Church of the Good Shepherd is situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo amongst the natural beauty of the lake and the mountains.

The Church of the Good Shepherd was built to the glory of God as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie Country.

"Somehow the setting and the church combine to speak of God to those who enter and pause in the midst of their busy lives." - Peter Hurricks


Please do not use cameras, cellphones or tablets inside the church so that others may enjoy as is a place of prayer and reflection.


There are no toilet or rubbish collection facilities in the area around the church so we kindly ask that visitors remove their waste and respect the natural environment around the church.

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Lovely picturesque little church beside stunning lake Tekapo. Found it difficult to take photos as so many people were trying to do the same. Went back at midnight after... read more

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very cute church Nice to stop and see. Great views. However tourist everywhere even when we visited late at night

Auckland, New Zealand
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Lovely picturesque little church beside stunning lake Tekapo. Found it difficult to take photos as so many people were trying to do the same. Went back at midnight after stargazing tour only to find even more people! Caltex garage sells amazing images of the church under the Milky Way if all else fails.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have never seen so many tourists over a constant time throughout the day in one spot. It never ended. We stayed across the road and I ducked out at first light in my nightie to take some photos thinking there wouldn't be anyone around - but I was wrong! Already at least a dozen people taking photos. Very picturesque,... More 

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Bathurst, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A simple stone church in a beautiful location. It is obviously popular with visitors, and despite the attempts of an elderly man to collect dropped rubbish, the site does not cope well with the sheer number of visitors. Perhaps the nearby parking area could be reduced in size and then visitors would have to walk from the village centre.

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Featherston, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lovely place to see. If you're into photograpy you might find it challenging because of the number of tourists. I've been there at 3am for night photography and found a lot of tourists there. Great for tourists. Challenging for photographers.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lake is beautiful with Mt Cook as a back drop. The township is small, so it's tempting to just drive through as you get the views as you enter town. BUT Don't do as I did and have to slam on the brakes and do a u-turn to go back to the historic church and memorial statue. 100mtrs off the... More 

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Blythburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a small church in a scenic position on the edge of Lake Tekapo. Unfortunately the opportunities for capturing said scene on film are limited by the enormous numbers of visitors attempting to do the same.

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Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a peaceful little church in a small and peaceful town. This church is probably set in one of the most stunning settings in the world.

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Pelham, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is indeed a very highly trafficked attraction - you will not be alone when you visit. Nonetheless, it is a beautiful church in an unbelievably beautiful setting. Remember to respect that it is an active site of worship.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was here to shoot night sky and it was a wonderful clear night. Had a great time shooting this little church with an amazing sky full of stars.

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