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Church of the Good Shepherd

Pioneer Drive, Lake Tekapo 7949, New Zealand
+64 3-685 8389
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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 NO PHOTOS INSIDE Please do not use cameras, cellphones or tablets inside the church so that others may enjoy as is a place of prayer and reflection. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR WASTE 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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Pioneer Drive, Lake Tekapo 7949, New Zealand
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+64 3-685 8389
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I first visited Tekapo 44 years ago and have always wanted to return. Sadly, although the little church is still there it is now fronted by an ugly car park and the whole area has not been developed in a sympathetic manner. This is no...More

Thank Newkiel
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It’s a good thing to see overlooking the lake, but not a major attraction. Just something to look at quickly and move on.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I visited Tekapo the week before Chinese New Year in February and this beautiful church and setting was absolutely mobbed with tourists from China, talking at the top of their lungs and really it was hard to get a good photo in as even a...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Hubby & myself visited on the 13th Feb, hoping to capture a beautiful scene which was not possible, instead I did a quick iPhone shot. We were here during the 2018 Chinese New Year and there was just way too many bus loads of people,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful little church with heaps of character. Can be full of tourists so you need to get there early for best viewing.

Thank holdayluv
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Situated on the shores of lake tekapo this quaint little church was built as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie country. lovely location with a backdrop of mountains and the lake

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we last came here 28 years ago there was just the church, the lake and acres of peacefulness. We have photos with no one and nothing else in them. What has happened? Some people might call it progress! I beg to differ.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The church is quite lovely and sits beautifully on the edge of Lake Tekapo, but it has become such a tourist trap, it is hard to enjoy! When we walked over from our hotel, there were 3 buses in the parking lot - almost 100%...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Still lucky to have the door open while we were there. The church was still as charming as before and the surrounding was just as pretty as before. However, you could hardly have a peace of moment as there would always be so many tourists...More

Thank Sunny W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I brother and I were driving around in New Zealand when my brother said you must see this little church built in or around 1935 according to the web. A most unusual cold peaceful location. If you are in this region you should visit this...More

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Yennie_miuyin1
18 November 2017|
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Response from O8936FHmarys | Reviewed this property |
Apparently they are blooming. My friends were there last weekend and took some beautiful photos.
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beephengtan
28 March 2017|
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Response from annewillsau | Reviewed this property |
I travelled in the South Island in September. You have to be prepared for cold weather, there were some snow falls which added to the beauty of the island. It rains a lot on the west coast of the South Island. The weather... More
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Jorlyn L
16 March 2017|
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Response from Alister1960 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I don't know. It is a working church and so there should be a website or the New Zealand tourist board should be able to assist.
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